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One for the road

This Monarch butterfly appears to be getting some last minute nectar before hitting the highway to Mexico. “I was really surprised to see a Monarch still here in October,” said Chris McFarlane, of Nelson Township, who took this photo of a Monarch butterfly perched on a New England aster on October 23. Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every year, traveling thousands of miles. They then come back in the spring and lay eggs. There have been a few Monarchs spotted in other northern areas at this late date. The problem with that is that as winter approaches, the nectar dries up and the butterflies might not make it to Mexico.

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