Monarch butterflies' population is shrinking rapidly and without any measures for them to recover, these lovely winged insects will soon disappear from the face of the Earth.
Long seasonal migrations can lower parasite prevalence North American monarch butterflies since the journeys ultimately put a greater distance between uninfected and infected individuals.
Female monarchs have thicker wings that make them sturdier and more efficient fliers than their male counterparts, a key attribute that increases their chances of survival during annual migrations.
Unlike their human counterparts in California, Monarch butterflies are actually benefitting from the longstanding drought – more specifically, they're thriving on drought-tolerant milkweed which homeowners are planting to replace more thirsty lawns.
It's no secret that in recent years, US honeybee and butterfly populations have been in serious decline. Though it wouldn't be the first time, now the federal government is stepping in, announcing its plan to boost numbers of these helpful pollinators.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being sued for its alleged failure to protect the monarch butterfly, a species that has gained significant attention as its numbers decline across the country, reports announced Friday.
The federal government is stepping up to save the declining monarch butterfly, announcing Monday its plan to spend $3.2 million on habitat restoration for the species.