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August 2002

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Monarchs: The Body Count

A January storm in Mexico that was unusually catastrophic for the monarch butterfly population revealed some surprising news for American researcher Lincoln Brower. The number of dead butterflies was much higher than the 100 million or so monarchs Brower had counted overwintering in Mexico in years past. After some extrapolation, the scientist now believes that the number of migrant monarchs in Mexico each year may be closer to a staggering half a billion.

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Learn about the fascinating life of monarch butterflies.

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Huberman, Ethan. The Great Butterfly Hunt: The Mystery of the Migrating Monarchs. Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1990.

Skelton, Renee. “Going the Distance: Thousands of Miles Don’t Stop Monarchs.” National Geographic WORLD (December 1999), 32-33.

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