Tagged Monarch Found!
What do its travels reveal?
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What We Know

  • The monarch was tagged and recovered on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
  • The monarch traveled at least 85 miles (140 km) within 3 days.
  • The butterfly traveled southwest.

Clues About Pathways
This tagged monarch provides clues about migration pathways near water. The Great Lakes are 50-75 miles wide in many places. It's dangerous for monarchs to cross open water unless wind and weather conditions are favorable. In the fall, people typically see large numbers of monarchs traveling along the shorelines.