Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

Through a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, massive pork producer Smithfield is building out wildflower habitats for pollinators on its farms. Over the past couple of decades, monarch butterflies, one of the most recognizable (and important) visitors to gardens across North America, have been declining in number–as much as 95% of the population has disappeared since the 1980s. The reasons are numerous: Mexico, where the pollinators migrate to escape harsh winters, has eliminated many of the trees where monarchs flock, and severe and unpredictable weather due to climate change has disrupted populations. And in the Midwest, where monarchs are most populous, farming practices that lean heavily on herbicides and pesticides are killing off native milkweed plants, where monarchs lay their eggs.Read Full Story

Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

A 37-year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Phys.org

Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005, Thu 8 Nov 18 from Science Blog

Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005, Thu 8 Nov 18 from Eurekalert

Researchers: 80 percent drop in butterflies in North...

New research shows the number of butterflies and caterpillars in North Florida has been declining substantially over the last decade or so.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Daily Mail

Big agriculture helped destroy monarch butterfly habitats–now it’s trying to save them

Through a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund, massive pork producer Smithfield is building out wildflower habitats for pollinators on its farms. Over the past couple of decades, ...

Tue 6 Nov 18 from Fastcompany Tech

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