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What you can do to help West Virginia’s official butterfly


The next time you notice a monarch butterfly, with its brilliant orange and black wings rimmed with white dots, take a good long appreciative look.
Monarchs used to number in the billions. Since 1976, the world population of monarch butterflies has declined by 96%. West Virginia’s monarchs, part of the eastern North America population, have dropped about 90%.
Fortunately, there are things that ordinary people can do to help.

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