Monarch butterflies make really good neighbors

The Source Weekly shares a story about monarch butterflies, Amanda Egertson, and Paul Edgerton.
By Jim Anderson
Source Weekly


If you're tuned in, you know our western monarch butterfly—the only butterfly in North America that migrates to keep from freezing its butt off—is in a heap of trouble. The species just doesn't have the necessary food to make it from egg to adult, then to slurp nectar to make the long voyage to California.

But that's only part of the story. In order for the species to survive, they have to have the food to make the journey back north and breed. The wintering individual won't get back there; it'll be about the 5th generation of that individual's family that finally gets back to the milkweed and nectaring flowers of the north...