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The monarch butterfly: an amazing life form in our midst

In “The vanishing monarch butterfly” (Op-ed, Oct. 1) Derrick Z. Jackson lamented that there is not more of an “effort to save it.” In many Native American and aboriginal cultures, people would never refer to the monarch butterfly as “it.” They speak of other creatures that share the incredible web of life on earth as brothers and sisters.

Think about the amazing monarch butterfly. This is an insect that is about the weight of a paper clip and yet can accurately migrate more than 2,000 miles to a small area in Mexico for winter hibernation. The monarch has a wing span of only about 4 inches, and yet has been spotted soaring thousands of feet high by aircraft. Monarch butterflies can see far more colors than humans. We need to have real reverence for our fellow beings.

John Meinhold

Portsmouth, N.H.

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