Health News: Monarch Butterfly Numbers Down

Times are tough for monarch butterflies: drought conditions and wildfires have decreased their numbers and the milkweed plants they need to survive are also not in plentiful supply. Reports from Mexico (where monarchs have their breeding grounds) show their numbers are down, as has been the trend for much of the past decade.

“The conditions have been dry both here [Texas] and in Mexico in recent years. It takes four generations of the insects to make it all of the way up to Canada, and because of lack of milkweed along the way, a lot of them just don’t make it,” says Craig Wilson of Texas A&M. “If people want to help, they can pick up some milkweed plants right now at local farmer’s cooperative stores, and this would no doubt be a big boost to help in their migration journey.”