No Longer In The Time Of Butterflies

September 15, 2014 1:47 AM

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No Longer In The Time Of Butterflies

According to a recent report from the Center for Biological Diversity, the population of monarch butterflies has fallen by 90 percent in the past 20 years. The Center is an environmental group which blames the use of herbicides and the assimilation of genetically-engineered crops in the Midwest, an area once thriving with Monarch butterflies. Obviously, as an insect, the butterfly helped to pollinate the region just like the honeybee—though not in as great a measure; but their numbers are falling too.

Because of all of this officials estimate that the categorically black and orange butterflies have lost at least 165 million acres of habitat. That is an area just about equal to the size of Texas; and nearly a third of that is their summer breeding ground. It only take a month for monarchs to lay e...

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