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The Worsening Plight and Scary Prognosis for Monarch Butterflies

There is more and more evidence that Monarch butterflies are rapidly disappearing due to the dwindling of milkweed, on which their caterpillars feed.

TYWKIWDBI (“Tai-Wiki-Widbee”): Monarch butterflies in trouble Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:39:00 GMT

In recent months a variety of publications have highlighted observations made by people across the United States – that the population of Monarch butterflies seems to be in jeopardy. First, from the Monarch Larva Monitoring 

Formerly milkweed plants flourished at the edges of fields and roads, providing enough habitat to keep Monarchs supplied with the only plant on which they can lay their eggs and their caterpillars can develop.

Now Roundup-resistant seed developed by Monsanto Corporation allows farmers to spray weedkiller all over and around their fields. And that kills milkweed.

Some people are planting milkweed on their land, but that is unlikely to supply enough habitat to keep Monarch butterflies from going extinct.


Tags: Caterpillars, Monarch butterflies, extinction, Roundup, Habitat, weedkillers, milkweed