How long do monarch butterflies which in nz?

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    brooke elstone
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    just wondering doing a document, how long do they live for in winter?

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    Jacqui
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    Generally, in the warmer months,Monarchs live for 6-8 weeks after they’ve finished doing what they’re here to do (which is reproduce. However, in the winter the overwintering generation adults will be in diapause (sexually mature) but won’t breed. Now it depends when “winter” starts and finishes -but it could be up to nine months. Some of the tagged monarchs that have returned were tagged six and seven months ago.

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    Caryl
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    See my email Brooke.

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