You likely are aware of this by now, but in case you aren’t . . . and do consider planting butterfly-friendly flowers. ~ Linne
A new study ties the plummeting monarch butterfly population to the rise of genetically modified crops in the United States. Research in the Journal of Animal Ecology finds monarch populations are far more sensitive to the threat of declining milkweed in their U.S. breeding grounds than they are to the loss of their winter habit from deforestation in Mexico. Milkweed plants have declined more than 20 percent in the U.S. corn belt, a key breeding area, largely because of GMO crops, the study found.
Here is the Western Monarch Status as of December 8th. There were approximately 2,500 monarch butterflies at the grove.
“The Goleta Butterfly Grove (also known as the Ellwood Main Monarch Aggregation Site) is one of the largest overwintering sites in California.”
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