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Drought tough on Minnesota monarch butterflies

There's fewer monarch butterflies in the state this year, in large part because drought has hurt the milkweed plant, which monarch caterpillars feast on in the spring.
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Gardners in the state have noticed fewer monarch butterflies flitting around their black-eyed susans and purple coneflowers.

Blame the dry weather, WCCO reports. The problem started in the spring. Milkweed, which monarch caterpillars eat, has been suffering.

Learn more about Minnesota monarchs from the University of Minnesota monarch lab, which monitors the butterflies. Take this monarch quiz to learn a little more.

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