Monarch butterfly is widely known for its migratory habits. In autumn,
Monarchs fly southwest to over winterin the tropics of Mexico. There
they can be found by the thousands resting on trees. In the spring, they
return to northern United States and Canada to breed. They lay eggs on
milkweed and related plants. The caterpillars feeding on bitter milkweed
become distasteful to predators. In about a month they reach full size
and form a chrysalis and transform into adult butterflies.
The season changes and the Monarchs fly to the tropics as did their ancestors.
The Monarch Bell depicts the life cycle of this beautiful creature.
Eggs sit under leaves on the milkweed plant. An adult is perched
on top and caterpillars
crawl about. The bells’ clapper is the chrysalis. The Monarch is a common
butterfly, but it is losing its winter habitat to the rapid deforestation of