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How could a monarch butterfly evolve into its migration pattern when it takes more than one generation to do?


I understand the monarch butterfly that begins to go South is not the same one as complete the journey north. How could this behavior evolve?

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2 Responses to “How could a monarch butterfly evolve into its migration pattern when it takes more than one generation to do?”

  1. LabGrrrrrrrrrrl

    They are probably just following their prefered food supply, the milkweed.

    Here is some data:
    http://butterflywebsite.com/Articles/uminn/monarchs.html

    Urquhart’s book “The Monarch Butterfly: International Traveler” probably has all the info you need.

  2. lucky s

    Its still one of the strange & unsolve natural mystery how they can migrate without a veteran path leaders. Its believed that the genes carried from one generation to other generation of monarch also transport the mapping guide in their brain cells.

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