Salena’s is proud to sponsor the Monarch Butterfly exhibit at Seneca Park Zoo.
Monarchs are large, beautifully colored butterflies that are easy to recognize by their striking orange, black, and white markings.
A monarch’s brilliant coloring tells predators: “Don’t eat me. I’m poisonous.” The butterflies get their toxins from a plant called milkweed, which is their only food source in the caterpillar stage. An animal that eats a
monarch butterfly usually doesn’t die, but it feels sick enough to avoid monarchs in the future.
Monarch butterflies are known for their long migration. Every year monarch butterflies will travel a great distance to parts of Mexico. Females will lay eggs and a new generation of monarchs will travel back, completing the cycle.
Scientists do not know how the monarchs know which way to go since none make the journey more than once, but generations are able to follow the same route each year!