Nature Walk: Variegated Fritillary
Butterflies, like birds, are highly migratory. While many nature lovers are familiar with the monarch and its annual journey to Mexico, many other species, such as this Variegated Fritillary, also have unique migratory patterns. These butterflies are common in the southern United States, however, wind and moisture conditions may facilitate dramatic northward movement one year, but not the next. Dry weather and drought conditions across the country may be a determining factor in migratory patterns this year.
Humans aren’t the only ones who have to prepare for the end of the steamy summer months. Many birds – and even butterflies – migrate to warmer climates to avoid cold winter temperatures in states like Iowa.
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