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Hurricane Patricia: How Monarch Butterflies Faced Down the Storm in Mexico

Rafael Carranza - azcentral.com
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October 28, 2015
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The approach of Hurricane Patricia drove many residents and tourists away from the storm, but one group of seasonal visitors was flying directly into its path: the continent’s flock of monarch butterflies, which migrates to Mexico each fall.



October marks the insects’ annual approach through the country, which would have sent them across the record-setting storm’s route last week.

But those butterflies shifted their flight east, away from the hurricane’s track, according to the Mexican national agency tasked with tracking them.

The butterflies “changed their route from west to east and have taken refuge in the ravines” of the country’s eastern mountain range, the Sierra Madre Oriental, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) reported.

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Related: Outreach, Education Vital to Monarchs’ Survival (Santa Cruz Sentinel)

Related: Saddening Truth About Population of Iconic Monarch Butterflies (Today)

Related: Why the Mass Die-Off of Monarch Butterflies Should Concern Us All (Dallas News)

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