The elegant Monarch Butterfly migrates annually in the spring, heading north from Mexico to warmer temperatures. Then in late summer, the majestic creatures again take a long journey, this time heading south before winter. The Black Hills of South Dakota lie directly in the path of this migration. Twice a year, Monarchs pass through the state, not only fluttering over the corn and wheat fields of the area, but also soaring through the vineyards that now dot the landscape.
It would not be unusual to see blazing orange wings floating by hybrid LaCrescent grapevines. Just as the Monarch makes adjustments to survive the cold, so does the LaCrescent grape, which was specifically created to withstand the cold winters of the Midwest vineyards where it grows.