For instance, the red admiral, a medium-sized butterfly with black wings, orange stripes and white spots, can’t survive Northern winters. When cool weather sets in, red admirals from up North head south to spend the winter in Georgia and other Southern states. They will lay eggs and produce new generations. Come spring, their offspring will head back north, repopulating Northern states and even parts of Canada.
Also southbound for the winter are several dragonfly species. Dragonfly migration is one of the most fascinating events in the insect world, but also one of the least-known. In Georgia, migrating dragonflies include the common green darner, wandering glider, spot-winged glider and saddlebags, according to naturalist Giff Beaton in his book “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast.”