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Quiz: Check Your Monarch Butterfly I.Q.




As the weather warms, monarch butterflies are beginning to make their way to Illinois. But completing their migratory trip is no small feat. 

These colorful black and orange beauties travel up to 3,000 miles one-way in their long-distance journey. According to The Field Museum, the trip to the northern U.S. and Canada from the forests of central Mexico and back again can take up to five generations of individual butterflies to complete. And a single butterfly can travel hundreds to thousands of miles in the process.  

RELATED: MONARCHS ARE MOVING NORTH AND YOU CAN CHART THEIR PROGRESS

The National Wildlife Federation reports that "adult monarchs continue the journey north that was left unfinished by their parents. … Most monarch butterflies do not live more than a few weeks. It is only the last generation, born in late summer that will live for several months and migrate back to Mexico to start the cycle over again."

So show your appreciation for this butterfly’s tenacity and check your monarch I.Q. with our quiz. You may never think about this popular pollinator in the same way.

Note: If on a mobile device, click here to take the quiz.

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Next time you order a drink from a restaurant, think twice before you unwrap the straw. Americans use millions of straws a day, and many of them end up as litter, eventually making their way into ours lakes and rivers. National Skip the Straw Day, held every February, aims to change that. 

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Creature Feature: The Wacky Woodcock

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The American woodcock is related to the sandpiper, but you wouldn't know it based on its behavior. Woodcocks are known for their unusual antics, including elaborate and sometimes noisy "sky dances" and a weird walk to help them find food.

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Winter is stink bug season, at least indoors. If you are finding these bugs around your house, don't squish them or step on them unless you're prepared for their noxious odor. Instead, your best bet is to prevent them from getting inside your house in the first place.

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