THIS MONARCH HAS BEEN CARELESSLY DETHRONED

Posted: January 30, 2014 in Butterflies and Moths, Natural History
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Having just posted about our experiences with going to pacific Grove to see the Monarchs it was disappointing to see this news

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The North American monarch butterfly has reached an all-time low in population according to this year’s census in Mexico where much of the population winters.
You can guess the main causes: the usual double-whammy of human action, habitat destruction and use of toxic chemicals. It’s like a globalization of West Virginia’s approach to the environment.
There are groves in California that are used by wintering monarchs. Here’s summary of what’s happened there this year: Fremont’s population left during cold snap. The count at Pacific Grove was over 11,000.
Bring back the milkweed!

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