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Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

The vanishing monarch butterfly

ANDREW MACBLANE has never taken monarch butterflies for granted. When he was 7, he spied an odd object hanging down from a plant in his grandmother’s garden outside of Pittsburgh. He did not know it was a chrysalis until one day when a monarch floated around the flowers.

“We caught it, my grandmother read to me from Peterson Field Guides, and then we let it go,” MacBlane said. “I’ve been fascinated with other butterflies, bees, lightning bugs, anything I could get my hands on ever since.”

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