(KTEN) – As temperatures continue to drop, animals will begin their journey south for the winter. Although insects typically do not migrate with the changing seasons, monarch butterflies are unable to survive a long, cold winter. 

Similar to birds, the monarchs migrate with the changing seasons and are influenced by changes in day length and temperature. The monarchs began their journey south in September.

Monarch migration paths during the fall season


Both Oklahoma and Texas play an important role in the monarch butterfly migration. The two states are located between monarch breeding grounds in the north and overwintering areas in Mexico. 

Every fall and spring, monarchs make their way through the Sooner State and the Lone Star State. The butterflies travel along two different paths. 

The first is a 300-mile wide path from Wichita Falls to Eagle Pass. The monarch butterflies typically make their way through Texas during the last days of September and by the third week of October, a majority have passed into Mexico.

The second path begins along the Texas coast and lasts from the third week of October through the middle of November.

Monarch butterfly

Some monarchs have been spotted, coinciding with Texoma’s peak migration season. The peak season lasted from September 29 through October 11. Even though peak migration has ended, you will likely see a few lingering Monarch butterflies through the end of October.