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Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers). The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long.
Running after a large orange unknown butterfly like a child running after a bubble parade, I caught up with it when it landed and then fell in utter disbelief after seeing what it was. Wish I could have got some better shots but I certainly feel blessed. Bodega Bay, CA.