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Monarch butterflies flutter around the globe

Declining numbers

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Declining numbers

Some researchers have seen a steady decline in the numbers of monarchs that travel to the Oyamel forests in Mexico. They think the decline might be due to the loss of forest from logging, the occurrence of droughts in the United States and the removal of milkweed, which larvae feast upon before becoming a caterpillar.

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