Monarch butterfly researcher Cheryl Schultz, a conservation biologist with Washington State University in Vancouver, kneels near a monarch caterpillar on a milkweed plant in the McCormack Unit of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge near Irrigon, Oregon, on Aug. 31. (Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald via AP)

Monarch butterfly researcher Cheryl Schultz, a conservation biologist with Washington State University in Vancouver, kneels near a monarch caterpillar on a milkweed plant in the McCormack Unit of the Umatilla National Wildlife Refuge near Irrigon, Oregon, on Aug. 31. (Bob Brawdy/Tri-City Herald via AP)

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