Specimen of the Week 389: The Monarch Butterfly
By Lisa Randisi, on 16 August 2019
This blog was written by UCL Culture volunteer Melissa Wooding.
Today’s specimen of the week highlights one of the world’s longest animal migrations at 6,000 miles1– completed by an insect!
This beautiful insect has an internal biology including a sundial 2 compass 3, and a gene enabling it to suppress its own ageing and increase its own lifespan 8 times4… all inside a brain the size of a single sesame seed5.
It’s time to give this mind-boggling butterfly its due moment in the spotlight: