THE TRAVELLER: This monarch butterfly
was in a Chicago backyard this past July, meaning it most likely descended from one or more butterflies who wintered in Mexico earlier in the year.
They have advocated on behalf of the monarch butterfly
, forests, sea turtles, the atmosphere, and beyond.
Farmers are poised to be heroes in the life of the monarch butterfly
, which has begun its yearly migration in the face of a dwindling habitat.
Mexican environmental authorities have managed to reduce the level of illegal logging in the Monarch Butterfly
Biosphere Reserve, removing one of the threats to the survival of the protected species.
If enough people take action, something as simple as adding a few plants to your flower garden this spring can help support monarch butterfly
Living Acres is a biodiversity research initiative focused on helping increase the monarch butterfly
population through establishing milkweed in non-crop areas.
But despite eight or more decades of life experience, until recently, many had never gotten up close and personal with one of the most amazing creatures of North America—the monarch butterfly
The second edition includes updated content and four new insect species: the monarch butterfly
, the black swallowtail butterfly, the bessbug, and the Madagascar hissing roach
Animal Maximum one-way travel distance (kilometers) Salmon 1,600 Lucy's warbler (bird) 2,400 Monarch butterfly
4,750 Humpback whale 8,500 Northern elephant seal 10,500
Given the precipitous decline of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly
over the past decade (Brower et at, 2012; Rendon and Tavera-Alonso, 2014), due in large part to the elimination of milkweeds by industrialized agriculture (Pleasants and Oberhauser, 2012), we asked if a timed mowing regime to enhance the regrowth of milkweeds could increase monarch numbers during their mid to late summer breeding time in two New York fields.
While an official census won't be ready until mid-January, observers are seeing healthy populations of butterflies bunched together on fir and pine trees in protected sanctuaries, said Gloria Talavera, director of the official monarch butterfly
Recent studies have shown that the monarch butterfly
population has suffered a loss of around 90 percent in the past two decades.