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Can a Monarch Butterfly Fly Across
the Atlantic Ocean?

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A monarch butterfly was sighted across the Atlantic Ocean on October 9th! It was spotted on a small island off the West Coast of England (49.93 N, -6.30 W). Read the observer's comments and look at these maps (large and close-up).

Do you think a monarch butterfly could fly across the ocean? Where do you think this monarch came from? Scientists wonder about these questions, and they have posed several theories. Before you read their ideas, think about this question yourself:

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