Fewer Monarch Butterflies Migrated to Cape May in 2018

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CAPE MAY, N.J. -

Researchers in Cape May say they counted fewer numbers of Monarch butterflies during their annual migration through the area this year.

Officials say that members of Cape May's Monarch Monitoring Project counted an average of 47.1 butterflies per hour this year, compared to 94.1 butterflies per hour last year.

They added that the numbers don't necessarily mean there were fewer Monarch butterflies. 

Scientists believe winds may have pushed the butterflies further west resulting in less flying through the area.

The project will continue to count butterflies through Wednesday.

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