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Surprise Sighting in Michigan
An expert observer reported a monarch in Grand Rapids on May 1st. It's not uncommon at this time of year to see a single 'flier' like this, miles ahead of the migration. However, there could be another explanation. The butterfly may not have been a wild one. Monarchs are reared in Grand Rapids at this time of year and released at weddings and other celebrations.

Surprise Sighting in Michigan: Monarch Migration Map as of May 9, 2013