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Monarchs in Canada & Point Pelee National Park. Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis ) Butterflies.

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1 Monarchs in Canada & Point Pelee National Park

2 Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) White Admiral (Limenitis arthemis ) Butterflies in Canada There are approximately 300 different species of butterflies in Canada Morning Cloak (Nymplalis antiopa) Photos: Parks Canada

3 Butterflies at Risk in Canada Evaluated by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, there are 28 different species of butterflies in Canada identified as Species at Risk. They have special protection status under Canadas Species at Risk Act and include: Weidemeyers Admiral, Karner Blue and Taylors Checkerspot. The Monarch butterfly is a Species at Risk because of the threats to the migratory phenomenon. Examples of threats are disappearance of overwintering habitat, predation and, herbicide and insecticide use in breeding habitats. Photo: Parks Canada

4 The Monarch is the most commonly known of all butterflies

5 Range of Monarchs in Canada (all stages of the life cycle) Western Population Erratically, common Rarely Scarce Occur regularly Southern ON & QC annually, often in abundance Maritimes occur irregularly Eastern Population Canadian Range Map: J. Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature

6 Fall Migration Staging Areas in Eastern Canada Point Pelee National Park Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area Long Point National Wildlife Area Presquile Provincial Park Rondeau Provincial Park Map: J. Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature

7 Point Pelee – A Funnel for Migration Image: Parks Canada

8 The shape of Point Pelee National Park, jutting out into Lake Erie, makes the national park a prime stopover for many migratory species of insects, birds and bats

9 Point Pelee National Park is also rich in biodiversity, which provides habitat and food sources for migratory species, including the Monarch

10 Milkweed in Canada Milkweed is found in every province in Canada except for Newfoundland and Northern Canada: Nunavut, the North West Territories and the Yukon Swamp Milkweed Common Milkweed Photos: J. Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature

11 Distribution of Milkweed in Canada Milkweed is found mainly in southern regions of Canada Map: J. Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature Milkweed

12 Selective Feeders Monarch larvae feed exclusively on milkweed worldwide. There are approximately 230 different kinds of milkweed worldwide. There are 14 native species in Canada. Monarch in the classroom Photo: J. Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature

13 Transformation It takes approximately 30 days to transform from egg to caterpillar to butterfly

14 Point Pelee National Park of Canada Canadas Southern Sanctuary Point Pelee National Park is a prime location to observe fall migration of Monarch butterflies on their way to their wintering grounds in the volcanic mountains of central Mexico

15 Trinational Cooperation Through the North American Monarch Conservation Plan, Canada, Mexico and the United States are working together to protect Monarch populations, migratory flyways and habitat. For additional information visit Parks Canada also contributes to this effort through various monitoring and education programs. Point Pelee National Park conducts annual butterfly counts, rears and tags Monarch butterflies through Monarch Watch, and educates visitors with a live Monarch exhibit.

16 For additional information on Monarch migration at Point Pelee National Park, visit our website at pelee Photos: Parks Canada

17 PowerPoint produced by Point Pelee National Park of Canada in collaboration with Jean Lauriault, Canadian Museum of Nature


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