Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared.
Keywords: Migrations, amazing, anganguep, beautiful, black, butterflies, butterfly, chincua, chincua mountian, climate, cover, covered, covering, danaus, danaus plexippus, destroy, destroying, directly below, display, forest, forests, geographic, great, great migration, great migrations, habitat loss, habitiat, horizontal, in the wild, log, logging, loss, magazine, mexico, migration, migrations, million, millions, monarch, monarch butterflies, monarch butterfly, monarchs, mountain, mountains, national, national geographic, no people, orange, plexippus, roosing, roost, spectacle, threaten, threatening, threatens, tree, trees, wing, wings, winter, wintering
Most of the images on this website are available for license as stock photography. Use the form above or call us at (402) 474-1006 for details. We pride ourselves on fast, friendly service and competitive rates.