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Losing Our Monarchs: Iconic Monarch Butterfly Down to Lowest Numbers in 20 Years


Animals  (tags: butterflies, monarch butterflies, animalwelfare, animals, animaladvocates, endangered, protection )

Cal
- 433 days ago - news.mongabay.com
The number of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) reaching their final destination has steadily declined, dropping to its lowest level in two decades last winter, according to a recent survey.



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Christeen Anderson (493)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:27 am
Please help save these beautiful creatures. Thank you.
 

AniMae Chi (407)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:40 am
Yep, same in Australia.
 

John S. (304)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:43 am
Sadly noted.
 

Ljiljana Milic (100)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:09 am
Noted with sadness & Thanks for posting Cal.
 

Laura H. (888)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:24 am
This breaks my heart.
When I was 17, my elderly next door neighbor came over and she was very upset. She had hurt a monarch while doing her gardening; she didn't see him. She asked if I would take care of him; I did. I had him for 9 months and it was an amazing experience. He would crawl on my hand and drink out of my palm. These days they tape wings together; I didn't know about that back then. Maybe it would have worked, maybe not.
Anyway, we need to do something about this; these beautiful beings need our help to survive.

Thanks Cal.
 

Carol D. (109)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:26 am
This is so sad about the butterflies and the bees
 

pam w. (191)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:01 am
PLANT MILKWEED....let the caterpillars feed on it!
 

Natasha Salgado (520)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:01 am
What a shame...and as I say this I can see a few butterflies snacking on my flowers! I hope their numbers recover soon. thx Cal
 

Arielle S. (317)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:08 am
Great story, Laura - and yes, Pam, plant milkweed - it took three years for milkweed to take hold here but now that it is doing well, I intend to cover all of GA with it. No pesticides - they are murder on butterflies.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 8:11 am
Thank you for the sad news. We have to save them.
 

Lisa Neste (699)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 10:12 am
Yes, definetly keep gardens pesticde free. I just planted Cone flower (echanacia) butterflies love it!
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:19 am
noted, thanks
 

Jeaneen A. (131)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:20 am
Help these wonderful Butterflies. No pesticides, please.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (182)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:21 am
Szkoda, bo to piękny motyl i niesamowity spektakl w ich wykonaniu.
 

Gloria picchetti (290)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:25 am
Let us remember our 3 Bs; butterflies, bats, and bees.
 

Alice C. (1797)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:30 am
Our Butterflies are back , however, in smaller numbers
 

Lona Goudswaard (70)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:25 pm
Another sad story of another iconic insect about to disappear. I hope we're not too late.
 

Dianne D. (463)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 1:30 pm
Seems like all animal populations are getting down dangerously low except for the human which has grown to unsustainable proportions.
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 2:31 pm
noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:27 pm
Noted
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:31 pm
Last summer I had an abundance of caterpillars on my milkweed. This year, 2013, I've had one monarch return. I check it everyday to see if more have come. I have at least 50 plants just waiting for them. The other wonderful thing about milkweed is the bees love it as well and I have lots of honeybees right now enjoying the aromatic flowers. Wherever you are, plant milkweed for them.
 

June M. (104)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 3:56 pm
sadly noted..thanks for sharing Cal
 

Nancy C. (798)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 4:43 pm
downright depressing...but the Monarch Waystations and protection from logging may help...I hope, I hope
 

Karen B. (8)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:00 pm
So Beautiful, too beautiful to lose, forever.!!!
 

Nimue P. (243)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:19 pm
very sad
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:22 pm
Thanks.
 

Gabriela Baldaia (98)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 5:29 pm
So sadly noted ..
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 6:06 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Franck R. (52)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:14 pm
:-(
 

Debra Tate (17)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 7:51 pm
noted
 

Aud nordby (714)
Tuesday July 16, 2013, 11:26 pm
N&S
 

Inge Bjorkman (142)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:27 am
Noted, here are plenty of butterflies

Love
 

Frances Darcy (220)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:57 am
NOTED
 

Danuta Watola (1201)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:26 am
noted
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:58 am
sadly noted, I believe GMO's have something to do with it
 

Muriel Servaege (47)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 1:30 pm
Sadly noted. Heartbreaking. Those little beauties have such a long journey to go on. And they disappear in silence.
 

Ruth S. (307)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 5:05 pm
I totally agree Dianne D.
 

Melania Padilla (179)
Friday July 26, 2013, 6:08 pm
Mmmm sorry to be so negative, but I don't think there is a returning point for the planet :(
Not if we cannot stop HUMAN OVERPOPULATION and change our way of using resources.
 

Linda P. (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 7:35 pm
This is so sad and heartbreaking.
 
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