Monarch population up 144 pct at Mexico wintering grounds

Enviroment 01/30/19, 14:39

The population of monarch butterflies wintering in central Mexico is up 144 percent over last year, experts said Wednesday.The data presented by Andrew Rhodes, Mexico's national commissioner for protected natural areas, was cheered but scientists quickly warned that it does not mean the butterflies that migrate from Canada and the ...

Missing the monarchs: Iconic butterflies are scarce in Idaho

U.S. 01/26/19, 14:29

Something catastrophically wrong happened in 2018 to monarch butterflies.Idaho wildlife biologist Ross Winton spent years working with monarch butterflies. With the help of volunteers, he would carefully put a tiny tag the size of a paper hole punch on about 30 to 50 of the iconic insects each summer in ...

Count finds sharp drop in monarch butterflies in California

U.S. 01/06/19, 15:27

Researchers with an environmental group have labeled as "disturbingly low" the number of western monarch butterflies that migrate along the California coast.A recent count by the Xerces Society recorded fewer than 30,000 butterflies, which it said is an 86 percent decline since 2017.By comparison, the group in 1981 counted more ...

Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

U.S. 09/20/18, 01:13

A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer — native bees, moths, butterflies, ladybugs, lovebugs, mayflies and ...

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