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Monarchs: North America’s Butterfly

 2 monarchs on a tree branchFor decades, many hundreds of millions of monarchs flooded the continental United States and southern Canada each spring and summer after wintering in Mexico. Their population has decreased by as much as 90 percent in recent years. Photo by AnnMarie Krmpotich/USFWS

The monarch butterfly is a treasured North American species – and an amazing creature. But monarchs are in trouble. And you can help.

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This week’s National Wildlife Refuge System feature story, Monarchs: North America’s Butterfly,  looks at the monarch butterfly’s amazing migration route, generational life cycle, biology and metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult.

 lifecycleOver a period of 28 to 38 days, a monarch completes its life cycle from egg to larva (caterpillar) to pupa (chrysalis) to adult. USFWS photos by Courtney Celley, Tina Shaw and Joanna Gilkeson

The story touches on why monarch butterflies are in trouble and how you can join many thousands of Americans in efforts to save them.

The story also includes links to a video or two that might entertain or amaze you or your children.

 2 monarchs on a flowering plant against the skyMonarch butterflies at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama. Photo by Keenan Adams/USFWS

“Monarchs: North America’s Butterfly” is part of the Refuge System’s series of weekly online stories that use photos to highlight the conservation work and visitor opportunities at national wildlife refuges, wetland management districts and marine national monuments. A new story is posted on the Refuge System homepage each Wednesday.

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