The majestic monarch butterfly is in trouble – here’s the scoop…
The beautiful monarch butterfly is facing some tough times. This North American symbol of majesty and peace and is one of the most recognizable and most revered butterflies in the world. In recent years, and especially nowadays, these majestic butterflies have had severe habitat and food source loss, making them endangered.
The monarch butterfly has a fascinating and unique life cycle. Each year when the cycle begins, the butterflies fly north to lay their eggs.
Three sets of generations are born within the next few months, and survive by feeding on their chosen source of nutrition, the milkweed plant. In the fall, the third generation migrates thousands of miles to warmer climates like Mexico, where they band together in massive droves and hibernate in Oyamel trees.
But both ends of this life cycle are now being threatened as farmers in the United States have begun using pesticides that kill off milkweed, and logging in the remote forests of Mexico continues to deplete the monarch habitat. The butterflies are facing trouble in each step of their growth and they need some type of rescue plan!