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2015-10-15

Library sponsors monarch butterfly program

Bandera Public Library

The Bandera Public Library invites the public to a Monarch butterfly program on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 pm. The library will be hosting Hill Country Master Naturalist, Brenda Fest, who will be discussing the life cycle and fall migration of the monarch butterflies.
The monarch butterfly may be the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its distinct orange, black, and white wings. While beautiful, this coloring actually sends a warning to predators that the monarch is foul tasting and poisonous.
Found throughout the United States, as well as Mexico and Canada, one of the most notable characteristics about the monarch is the astonishing 3,000 mile journey some will make in the fall to their wintering grounds in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Mexico or to southern California, depending on which part of the United States or Canada they migrate from. This discussion will focus on the life cycle and migration of the monarchs and the role the Texas Hill Country plays in that.
Monarch Way Stations Program will be discussed with information on how to establish one. Monarch Way Stations are places that provide resources necessary for Monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.
Fest will demonstrate methods used to tag and track this migration. Monarch butterflies and caterpillars will be available to observe. This is a program for the whole family.