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March 8, 2019

Butterflies abound in Mexican winter habitat

Associated Press

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Numerous butterflies can be seen at one of their annual wintering spots in Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary near Macheros, Mexico.

CERRO PELÓN MONARCH BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY, Mexico — As the group made its way up the rugged mountain path toward the clearing, their heavy, crunching bootsteps turned to near-silent tiptoeing, their friendly chitchat dropped to whispers, giddy smiles appeared on faces and eyes brimmed with tears. The first-time visitors to this mountain monarch butterfly reserve were, in a word, gobsmacked.

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