Updated: Jul 26, 2021
Monarch butterflies are famous for their seasonal migration. In the fall, they travel through the Lowcountry juicing up on nectar. Traveling between 1,200 and 2,800 miles to reach Mexico & Caribbean islands. There the butterflies hibernate in the forests, where a less extreme climate provides them a better chance to survive. The monarch butterfly is known by scientists as Danaus plexippus, which in Greek literally means "sleepy transformation." The name evokes the species' ability to hibernate and metamorphize. Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks.