Early sighting in North Carolina
Spring, 2002

This surprising report arrived on March 20, 2002:

Moorhead City, NC
“Today we sighted our first monarch of the season. This is a surprisingly early sighting for us here in eastern North Carolina. The Monarch was bright and fresh looking like it was newly hatched. Could someone locally be raising them? We reside near Morehead City, in eastern North Carolina, on the Neuse River.”

  • How do you interpret the sighting from the coast of North Carolina?
  • Do you think this butterfly came from Mexico?
  • Why or why not? Explain.

Then see how students and Dr. Lincoln Brower evaulated the situation. >>

A March 20th sighting in North Carolina

Map as of March 28, 2002

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