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Helping Save The Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are fascinating organisms, their migratory nature connects North and South America in a shared conservation goal.  While small Monarch populations exist in Southeast Asia, Australia, and some isolated areas, the populations in North and South American exhibit surprising ingenuity, vacationing during the cold winter months in the warm forests of Mexico, and then summering in North America.

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Photo credit: Dr. Diana Carle

This transient lifestyle helps maintain optimal health for the caterpillars who’s only food source is the milkweed plants. These migratory butterflies remind us how local environmental action can have far reaching effects.

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Milkweed, the host plant of Monarch butterfly caterpillars. Photo credit: Dr. Diana Carle

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