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Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. There are few more awesome sights in the animal world than the seasonal mass migrations of the monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, from the northern United States and southern Canada to its overwintering grounds in central Mexico. As with other insect orientations, the monarch uses the position of the Sun to calculate where it should be going. However, as the Sun moves across the sky during the day, the monarch must continuously adjust its calculations, which it does by using its 24-hour circadian clock. So where is this time-compensated clock located? Merlin et al. reveal that it's in the antennae.

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      NSDL,circadian clock,sun compass,NSDL_SetSpec_BEN,antennae,antennal clock,monarch butterfly,migration,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110722022533759T,light-dark cycle,Life Science

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