On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly

In August 2005, Mexican filmmaker and pilot Francisco Gutiérrez took off in his ultralight aircraft from Montréal to follow the monarch butterflies on their 6,000 km migration from Canada to the mountains of central Mexico, in a bid to raise awareness of importance of preserving the butterflies’ habitat. “On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly” features breathtaking aerial photographs taken by Mr. Gutiérrez.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Mexico, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum has produced an exhibition from the material recorded by Mr. Gutiérrez on his journey aboard the Papalotzin – the nickname of his ultralight aircraft, which means small butterfly in the Aztec language. “On the Trail of the Monarch Butterfly” will be presented at the Peterborough Museum & Archives until September 23rd, 2018.