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Nature Notebook

Have you been seeing monarch butterflies flying around or visiting milkweed plants in your yard? The species, which was just added to the United States Endangered Species List, is the most well-known butterfly migrators, but they are not alone. The speckled painted lady butterfly executes an equally impressive migration to northern Mexico (and from Africa to Europe and back again). However, the numbers are highly variable. Some years clouds of migrating painted ladies can be observed. In other years, only a few individuals flutter by.

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