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Couple fights to bring monarchs back

5:34 PM, Jul. 7, 2013
A monarch chrysalis hangs from a milkweed leaf inside the home of Gary and Darcy Hess in Newark Township. In early June, Darcy and Gary Hess began their personal head-start effort to help the vanishing monarch.
A monarch chrysalis hangs from a milkweed leaf inside the home of Gary and Darcy Hess in Newark Township. In early June, Darcy and Gary Hess began their personal head-start effort to help the vanishing monarch.
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Darcy Hess watched intently as ravenous monarch caterpillars munched milkweed leaves on her kitchen counter.

"They will shed their skins four times to grow bigger," said Darcy, her face animated. "When they are ready, they will hang upside-down and turn themselves into chrysalises."

Darcy and her husband, Gary, keep the chrysalises in small tent-like enclosures in their living room. After more than a week, full-sized monarchs emerge in one of nature's wonders. ...

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