Topics » Environment   Dec. 24, 2013

Monarch butterflies flutter around the globe

Beach butterfly

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Beach butterfly

After the larvae stage, caterpillars create a cocoon from which they emerge as monarch butterflies, looking like this one in Assateague Island, Md.

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