The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies
Orange wings and black that filled the sky as one of the letters NOVA most remarkable phenomena of nature: the epic migration of monarch butterflies in North America. NOVA filmmakers followed the monarchs on the wing throughout his extraordinary odyssey. To capture a butterfly view, camera operators using a helicopter, ultralights and hot air balloon aerial views on the transcontinental route of the butterflies. (Learn more about production techniques and adventure of travel with the Kings in an interview with director Nick de Pencier.) The film opens with the caterpillars eating milkweed in southern Canada in late summer. Soon every caterpillar in a cocoon of silk. Approximately 10 days later, a delicate four-winged monarch emerges. Then, at some unknown signal, the monarchs to take the air in two months, 2,000-mile flight over the fields, forests, cities, plains, open water, deserts, mountains and, finally, to congregate in a small region high altitude in central Mexico, where I’ve never been before. Incredibly, they arrive by the millions at the same time each year. Shedding light on this wonder of nature are some of the world’s researchers monarch leaders, including Lincoln Brower of Sweet Briar College, an independent biologist Bill Calvert, and Orley “Chip” Taylor of the University of Kansas.
The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies,