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Old 03-03-2017, 04:05 PM   #1
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butterfly Eastern Monarch Population Numbers Drop 27%

It looks like it could be another rough year for the monarchs:
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Eastern Monarch Population Numbers Drop 27%

This year’s measurement of the eastern monarch overwintering population showed a 27% decrease compared to last year, occupying 2.91 hectares of forest in Mexico’s transvolcanic mountains during the winter of 2016-17. It is likely that an extreme and unusual winter storm contributed to this decrease. This March storm struck the overwintering colonies just as monarchs were beginning to depart on their journey north.

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Old 03-04-2017, 10:25 AM   #2
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~sigh~

The first year I put in butterflyweed (A. tuberoso), I had monarch caterpillars--and several years after that. For the past few years, I haven't had any young, and only one brief sighting of an adult.

It just occurred to me that I may not have checked the lone swamp milkweed plant I have.

I now have a small stand of common milkweed (volunteers)...with more planted last year (from local seed). I am hoping to have more to attract them in the coming years.

There is a field several miles from me (along a road where I walk); it is dotted with common milkweed throughout. The problem is, it is cut probably twice a year, and the timing seems highly questionable for the survival of the chrysalises.

My hope is to create a sanctuary for them, here, that won't be cut (or at least not at the wrong time if year).
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I'm not seeing them as we used to in this area either. Not in my yard nor in the wild.
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I'm not seeing them as we used to in this area either. Not in my yard nor in the wild.
I was going through my photos the other day...and I realized that I did see one newly excluded one while in a roadside walk.
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Fortunately I had the most monarchs ever last summer. They love tithonia. Although it is not native it is a butterfly favorite and i plant it every year. I have a large stand of common and swamp milkweed.
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