The endangered monarch butterfly could be making a comeback in Mexico 瀕危黑脈金斑蝶數量有望在墨西哥恢復



The endangered monarch butterfly could be making a comeback in Mexico 瀕危黑脈金斑蝶數量有望在墨西哥恢復


Monarchs rarely give up their thrones willingly, and these monarch butterflies are no exception. They’re currently endangered after a big drop in their migratory population. Scientists believe climate change, pesticides and illegal logging are threatening their very existence. But they’re making a comeback.

很少有君主願意放棄王位,而這些別名為 “帝王蝶” 的黑脈金斑蝶也不例外,黑脈金斑蝶目前瀕臨滅絕,這是由於它們遷徙的數量大幅減少,科學家們認為,氣候變化、殺蟲劑和非法伐木正在威脅著黑脈金斑蝶的生存。然而,黑脈金斑蝶現在重獲生機。

Luis Martinez Garcia, Sierra Chincua Sanctuary Ranger
“Now we have more butterflies. More arrived here because the colony is bigger, and not just here. There is another place where there are even more butterflies, and further on there is even a bigger colony.”

路易斯·馬丁內斯-加西亞       青谷亞山保護區護林員

Every year, they travel up to 3,000 kilometres. They fly all the way from the United States and Canada to spend their winters in Mexico. It’s one of nature’s most spectacular mass migrations. But more than that, last year’s winter offered a glimmer of hope. Their migratory population jumped by almost a third compared to 2020.


Their migration is so striking that hundreds of people gathered to witness it at this monarch sanctuary near Mexico City. And for some, the butterflies’ survival takes on spiritual importance.


Lizbeth Cerrato Garcia, Visitor
“What do I feel? As if the butterflies were falling papers, falling leaves, flying souls. So, it’s so many feelings woven together.”

莉茲貝絲·塞拉托-加西亞       遊客

This year’s migration is already well under way. The butterflies hibernate, enjoy the warm weather and by spring, they’ll be ready to mate and fly back. Hopefully a restorative holiday for many more years to come.