The Monarch Butterfly is known by scientists as Danaus plexippus, which in Greek means “sleepy transformation.”
Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks. But one of the many wonders of the Monarchs is the annual creation of a unique “Methuselah generation.” As autumn approaches in their site of migratory origin, a very special generation of butterfly is born. These migratory butterflies survive seven or eight months. In human terms, given our average life span of 75 years, this would be like living to be 525 years old!
This generation performs the incredible feat of flying from Canada and the United States to the center of Mexico, between 1200 and 1800 miles–after which they begin the northward journey again. They make this trek northward over several generations. It is a feat without parallel.
The Monarch butterfly symbolizes the persistence and resilience of the human spirit to thrive amidst all challenges. Let it inspire you!