California’s Monarch Butterfly Population Critically Low for 2nd Year in a Row — KTLA

The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California’s coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed. The count of the orange-and-black insects by the Xerces Society, a nonprofit environmental organization that focuses on the conservation of invertebrates, recorded about 29,000 butterflies in its… via…

Monarch Threats and Winter Birds — Little Backyard World

You may have heard of the disappearance of the well-known conservationist that has been protecting the monarch butterflies that migrate to Mexico and winter there. Homero Gomez was last seen on January 13th. Monarchs have a number of threats including illegal logging that reduces the size of their winter habitat in Michoacán. I recently finished […]…

Of all the coneflowers, in all the gardens, you fly onto mine

I haven’t seen many butterflies thus far this year, so a few days ago I was excited to be  treated to a wonderful scene on my garden coneflower.  This beauty alighted and fed for a long time, but she wasn’t alone as another little flying beauty was also admiring the echinacea. The monarch and the…

M&M’s — nature has no boss

Two of a kind the Monarch Butterfly and its beautiful host plant Milkweed. It is well understood that loss Milkweed results in decreased numbers of Monarch Butterflies. A recent study by Bret Elderd and Matthew Faldyn from Louisiana State University suggest climate change can alter the chemical composition of Milkweed making it poisonous to Monarchs. […]…