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Monarch butterfly population is dwindling

Something’s amiss with regal insect missing

Walking through the Boston Nature Center’s butterfly garden, 11-year-old Elijah Moran can identify an eastern tiger swallowtail, a viceroy, and all of the plants the insects flit among. What’s missing is Elijah’s favorite butterfly: the monarch.

“I like them because of their cool designs on their wings, and its name — like it’s regal, king of the butterflies,” the Dorchester boy said.

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