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Long-distance traveller

Delicate-looking monarch butterflies have a maximum lifespan of just six to eight months, but during that time, millions of them fly thousands of miles from their summer homes in the United States and Canada all the way to Mexico to roost for the winter.

Their distinctive orange, white, and black wings serve an important purpose, warding off predators by signalling to them that the butterfly is poisonous.

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