Texas pushes native plants for Monarch butterflies

March 29, 2014 3:09 PM

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HOUSTON (AP) — A half-century ago Monarch butterflies found plenty of nourishment migrating from Mexico to Texas. Native white-flowering balls of antelope milkweed covered grasslands, growing alongside nectar-filled wildflowers.

But now, these orange-and-black winged butterflies find mostly buildings, manicured lawns and toxic, pesticide-filled plants after crossing the Rio Grande.

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