This Is What Millions of Monarch Butterflies in Migration Sound Like

Millions of Monarch Butterflies Sound by Phil Torres The Jungle Diaries

Monarch butterflies are known to be one of the most beautiful insect species on the planet, but have you ever wondered how they sound? One single, delicate butterfly barely makes a peep, but en masse, their wings flap together to create an incredible sound. Phil Torres of The Jungle Diaries YouTube channel asks the question, “How many butterflies does it take to make a noise in the woods?” The answer is a few million, and he captures the entire phenomenon on camera.

Each winter, Monarch butterflies undergo mass migration, bringing millions of them to California and Mexico. Torres' fascinating video reveals how a particular swarm of butterflies in a Mexican forest have gathered into clusters on the trees, covering entire leaves, branches, and even along the trunks. As the sun hits them and warms them up, the kaleidoscope of butterflies suddenly start flying into the air at once. Torres calls this mass movement a “waterfall” and it certainly sounds like one—their wings flap together to produce a sound similar to falling water.

The Monarch butterfly is one of the few species who are actually increasing in population, having gone up 140% since last year. If you want to help protect this incredible insects, you can plant native milkweed and wildflowers—their preferred habitat.

Scroll down to watch and listen to Torres’ video below, and check out his YouTube channel for more nature-inspired footage.

Ever wondered what a butterfly sounds like? Watch and listen to millions of Monarch butterflies in Mexico.

Phil Torres / The Jungle Diaries: YouTube
h/t: [Twisted Sifter]

All images via Phil Torres / The Jungle Diaries.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.
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