Heading south for winter
Butterflies and snowbirds have got the same idea.
Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 17:12
TAKE FLIGHT: The gulf frittilary is migrating south for the winter. (Photo: Laura Early)
When the flowers start to bloom and the butterflies start to emerge, it is a sign that spring is on the way, but as the days turn cooler and Fall moves in, several butterflies are heading out.
A look-a-like to the monarch, the gulf frittilary also makes its migration in this time of year. It's headed for south Florida to ride out the cold months.
Sulfurs are another common butterfly found all over the central and southern United States in the warmer months. These adults have to fly south, as well, to survive the winter, but their youngsters can hang on in the larval or pupal stages until the next spring.
Check out the super-long tongue, called a proboscis, that butterflies use to get nectar from flowers!
Photos: Laura Early
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