Monarch Brooch & Box Series
This image is of Monarch Brooch & Box No. 390 from a series comprised of 90 wooden brooches in unique boxes that serve as reliquary-like vessels to honor and house the wings of Monarch butterflies that were collected by Oklahoma State University scientists researching the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) migratory patterns and habitats necessary to sustain their annual cyclical migration. In February each year, overwintering Monarchs East of the Rockies migrate from the safety of the Oyamel fir forests of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico to the far reaches of Canada laying eggs of 3-4 future generations of the original butterfly that wintered in Mexico. I am an awe that monarch descendants can genetically recall the need to travel up to 50-100 miles a day, and up to 3,000 miles over two-months, to return to their ideal ancestral overwintering site in Mexico.