Spread your wings

Think you stop learning about butterflies after observing cocoons in elementary school? You’re wrong.

We love the UGA Graduate School because of the groundbreaking research conducted here. Recently, a team of researchers in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and theOdum School of Ecology discovered that monarch butterflies have evolved to withstand their long migrations.

Researchers examined the wing size of both migratory and non-migratory species from the eastern and western United States and parts of the Caribbean. They found that the migratory species of monarchs had adapted “long wings with narrow tips to reduce drag.” Further, the butterflies from different regions had different body sizes, indicating the storage of body fat for longer migrations.

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Migrating monarchs

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