This Is What Millions of Monarch Butterflies Sound Like

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Monarch butterflies have disappeared from some parts of the U.S., but there are plenty of the winged creatures at Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. In a video spotted by The Kids Should See This, entomologist and conservationist Phil Torres pays a visit to the UNESCO-protected butterfly sanctuary in Michoacán, which is located northwest of Mexico City.

Beginning each fall, millions of the butterflies—which could soon be labeled an endangered species, depending on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s forthcoming decision—migrate from the U.S. and Canada to the forests of Michoacán. Once there, they completely cover the pine and oyamel trees they land on, creating fluttering branches that look like a strange species of tree at first glance.

“It’s not just visually stunning. It’s not just emotionally stunning … It sounds absolutely magic[al],” Torres says, “because you’ve never heard before the sounds of tens of millions of butterflies flying around you, because it only happens here. It’s one of the rarest sounds on Earth and you’re about to get a listen.”

At around the 5:40 mark in the video, you can hear the low buzzing sound of the butterflies—a surprisingly soothing ambient noise that’s best heard through headphones. Check out Torres’s video below, and visit his YouTube channel, The Jungle Diaries, to see more nature videos like these.

[h/t The Kids Should See This]

20 Weird Clubs That Actually Exist

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Groucho Marx once famously quipped that he'd never "want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members." Most people would probably say the same about the Martin-Baker Ejection Tie Club—a very exclusive, 63-year-old organization created specifically for individuals who have had their lives saved by an ejection seat. Currently, the club boasts more than 6000 members.

That's just one of the weird and wonderful clubs you'll learn about in our latest edition of The List Show. Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she hunts down the world's most unusual clubs (Extreme Ironing Bureau anyone?). You can watch the full video below.

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Video Captures Fiery Eruption of Mexico's Popocatépetl Volcano

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Mexico is home to 48 active volcanoes, but few can compete with Popocatépetl. Located around 40 miles southeast of Mexico City, it's one of the most active volcanoes in the country, and on January 9, the extent of its power was caught on camera.

The video above, reported by NPR, shows the Popocatépetl stratovolcano—also known as a composite volcano—spewing lava, ash, and rock in a fiery plume that reached 20,000 feet above its cinder cone crater. CENAPRED, Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention, filmed the volcanic eruption as it unfolded early Thursday morning. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also recorded the explosion from space using its GOES 16 satellite.

No one was hurt by the incident last week, but CENAPRED is warning people to avoid the area as debris continues to fall from the summit. The center has set its Volcanic Warning Light to Yellow Phase 2, which indicates there's no immediate threat of danger.

Since it emerged from dormancy in 1994, Popocatépetl, or "El Popo," as it's known by locals, has become one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Tremors and showers of ash are now regular occurrences for residents of nearby towns. Given its volatility, there are currently 20 devices monitoring the volcano 24/7.

[h/t NPR]

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