Monarch Frenzy at the DMNS

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"Flight of the Butterflies 3D," a new IMAX movie at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a very inspirational and moving movie.

"Flight of the Butterflies 3D," a new IMAX movie at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a very inspirational and moving movie. It is about Monarch butterflies specifically, and the many generations of them. These butterflies are milkweed butterflies and spend their life living on them.

 

This movie focuses on the life cycle of Monarchs, and the life-long quest of Dr. Fred Urquhart. "Evolution is written on the wings," says Dr. Urquhart at the beginning of the movie. Dr. Urquhart spends his life studying the Monarch butterfly species, and his goal was to figure out where the Monarchs went during the winter season. When he was a child, he followed the Monarch butterflies to try to see where they went.

 

He studied this throughout his life. Later, he became a scientist (zoologist/biologist). He lived with his wife, Norah. He comes up with an organization for volunteers to help tag these Monarchs to try to track them. This movie follows a particular butterfly most of the time. Dana, short for Danaus plexippus, the scientific name for a Monarch butterfly. You learn about Dana, her daughter, granddaughter, and great granddaughter's life, and the many difficulties they may face.

 

This movie includes the butterflies' life cycle, migration, and dangers in the outside world to them. This movie is about 45 minutes, and most of the time you will be revealed to the beautiful nature of Monarchs. The 3D effect in this movie made it come alive as if you were standing in the middle of all the action and not just sitting there in a seat. You could just reach out and be holding a butterfly in your hand.

 

This is a great movie for everyone, but may not be very pleasant to those who may be startled by butterflies. "Flight of the Butterflies 3D" is being shown until May 30th, so I would get moving if I were you to get an amazing view of the beauty of Monarch butterflies.