- The monarch butterfly population is declining. Researchers believe the following are reasons contributing to the decline: Loss of milkweed, drought conditions, insecticide and herbicide use, and habitat loss.
- Monarchs lay their eggs on very specific plants such as Common Milkweed, Swamp Milkweed, and Butterfly weed.
- There are two populations of monarchs in North America - one centered east of the Rocky Mountains and the other to the West. The eastern population of monarchs overwinter in Mexico and the western population overwinter along the California coast.
- Monarchs can be seen in Georgia during August and September while they are on their way to Mexico.
- Resources to learn more about monarchs include: Monarch Watch, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, Journey North, Pollinator Partnership.
Hope you have expanded your knowledge on monarchs. To help protect monarchs we can plant milkweed and butterfly nectar plants. Anyone can participate in tagging monarchs as well.