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Beauty on the Wing – Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly

A film by Kim Smith

Beauty on the Wing ~ Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly is a 55-minute narrated film that unfolds along the shores of Cape Ann and in the heart of Mexico’s forested volcanic mountains. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from egg to caterpillar to adult, and set to the stage of sea and sun and wind. By the millions and millions the intrepid monarchs journey thousands of miles. The most magical thing is that this migration happens in our midst, unfolding in backyards, farms, meadows, and along the shoreline, wherever milkweed and wildflowers grow.

The Monarchs are in great peril. Although the butterfly’s spectacular migration evolved over millennia, the last decades of human activity have put this phenomenon in grave danger. Beauty on the Wing is a film for all ages, created for all to gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between habitats, wildflowers, and pollinators, and the vital role they play in our interconnected ecosystems. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Angangueo, Michoacán.

Thanks in Part to your Contribution:

We can not only continue our research on this important creature but aid in the preservation of the Monarch through raised awareness.

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Kim Smith, Independent Filmmaker