See the two black dots there on his back wing? Thatâ€™s a male. And the female will not have those black dots.
Hello! My name is Judy Espiau, and Iâ€™m a volunteer here at the most visited butterfly grove in the world â€“ here at Pismo Beach. And Iâ€™m going to be talking about the butterflies and answering some of the most asked questions from the visitors that come here.
Where do the butterflies come from? Well, they come as far north as Canada, and they come as far east as the Rocky Mountains. Um, they can fly at about fifteen miles per hour, but if they really want to go, they can go as fast as thirty miles per hour.
Why do they come? Well, they come for one reason, and that is to avoid freezing temperatures. Theyâ€™re a tropical insect, and they come to this grove because it offers a protection from the freezing weather.
And finally, when do they arrive, and when do they leave? Well they come here in early fall. They stay here all winter long. And (at) the first of spring when the milkweed plant starts coming up â€“ their favorite plant where they lay their eggs â€“ well, they will leave the grove.
It really is a magical place here with thousands of butterflies flying around on a warm day, and um, you just... you canâ€™t come here and not be happy.
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