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Time is Passing
This monarch's torn and transparent wings show the effects of time. If this butterfly was born last August, it is 8 months old now! Most migrants from Mexico will have died by the end of April. Monarchs only live 2-6 weeks after they enter breeding condition because they direct their energy towards reproduction.

Image: Chuck Patterson, Driftwood, Texas, March 30, 2013

Monarch butterfly with faded wings in Texas