Monarch butterfly uses magnetic, Sun compasses, study finds

June 24, 2014 4:04 PM

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Monarch butterfly uses magnetic, Sun compasses, study finds

The North American monarch butterfly uses the Sun as well as Earth's magnetic field as navigational tools for its famous long-distance migration, scientists said Tuesday.

The insects with their characteristic orange-and-black wings flutter thousands of kilometres each year from the United States and southern Canada to the Michoacan mountains in central Mexico, where they overwinter.

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