Monday, 24 March 2014

Monarch butterfly numbers could be at historic lows this year, study suggests

Date:
March 19, 2014

Source:
Texas A&M University

Summary:
Monarch butterflies may be named for their large size and majestic beauty, but once again their numbers are anything but king-sized. In fact, 2014 may go down as one of the worst years ever for the colorful insects, says a Monarch watcher. It's been a disturbing trend that has been going for most of the past decade, he points out. This year, Monarchs face a triple whammy: a lingering southern drought, unusually cold winter temperatures and lack of milkweed, their primary food source.


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