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Illustration by Natalya Zahn

Monarch Butterflies

Every year, when the weather turns chilly, millions of monarch butterflies travel hundreds of miles to spend the winter in warmer places. In the spring they return, laying eggs along the way. The eggs develop into caterpillars that spin cocoons and then emerge as adult butterflies (at bottom).

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