Monarch butterflies are settling in at their winter abode in the forests of the State of México and Michoacán and are expected to be ready to greet visitors beginning next week.
The butterflies began arriving in time for Day of the Dead ceremonies on November 2, but the first sightings of the migrating insects were reported October 7 in Coahuila.
Today, the Natural Protected Areas Commission announced that eight Hibernation Sanctuaries will open to the public next Wednesday, and remain open until March 31.
The butterflies spend the winter in Mexico after traveling for three months from the United States and Canada, a journey of 4,000 kilometers or more.
The sanctuaries in Michoacán where the butterflies can be observed are El Rosario and El Asoleadero in Ocampo, Senguio in the municipality of the same name and Sierra Chincua in Angangueo.
In the State of México the sanctuaries are Capulín and Macheros in Donato Guerra, La Mesa in San José del Rincón and Piedra Herrada in San Mateo Almololoa.
Source: Excélsior (sp)