Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Monarchs on the Move

Have you seen any monarch butterflies recently? 
These brightly-colored insects are winging their way south through the Chattanooga area right now.
 These images were taken in the Butterfly Garden that's located between the Tennessee Aquarium's two buildings and in the IMAX Theater garden.
Butterflies are rather fragile creatures that weigh less than a penny, yet are rugged enough to fly some 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico. This incredible journey is part of the story in the new film Flight of the Butterflies in 3D now showing at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater.
This spectacular film is wowing audiences with the use of 3D photography used to draw viewers into the miraculous transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. Dr. Fred Urquhart's story of scientific discovery is compelling - the 40-year quest to locate the final destination of millions of migrating monarchs.
While driving along Highway 72 to Huntsville, AL recently I counted more than two dozen southbound monarchs on this mainly east-west road. But you might encounter more on your travels this time of year.
NewsChannel 9's Marcia Kling shared a story with us about how she was once surprised by these beautiful travelers. "Years ago, as I was driving home on Hwy.27 from our old location on 6th St., a huge swarm of Monarchs, one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, came toward my car," wrote Kling.  "I couldn't stop, but I slowed down because I didn't want to kill one of those beautiful creatures. It was about this time of year, and the butterflies were obviously in migration, literally headed from north to south.  It was an amazing experience, and I was so pleased to witness it. I've never had another experience like it, but maybe I can again at the IMAX!"

We hope everyone makes time to see this wonderful film to experience one of nature's wonders - The Flight of the Butterflies.

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