The Monarch Butterfly


In February 2015, the US Fish and Wildlife Services indicated that nearly a billion monarchs have vanished since 1990. The use of herbicides and the loss of habitat are the two largest contributing factors in the decline of the monarch. The use of herbicides leads to the loss of habitat, mainly milkweed, the only plant that the larvae eat. Asclepias curassavica (scarlet milkweed, tropical milkweed, bloodflower) is the species of milkweed that promotes the most overall monarch health. My goal is to find some of this milkweed and start a butterfly garden in my yard.




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