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Do other large butterflies have a yearly migration the way Monarch butterflies do?

The Monarch is the only butterfly that makes a two-way yearly migration, according to Chip Taylor, Kansas University butterfly expert, professor and director of KU's Monarch Watch.

Other butterflies, such as the pipevine swallowtail, painted lady, buckeye, American painted lady, red admiral, sulphur and the cloudless sulphur, have a multiple-generation migration. The migration isn't as long as the trip made by Monarchs.

Taylor said other butterflies don't migrate to a specific site. They follow host plants and may live only a few weeks, not long enough to make a return trip, also unlike the Monarch.


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