Monarch butterflies in danger of extinction

Linda Gallagher Contributing Editor

REGION – The magnificent Monarch butterfly, once one of North America’s most common species of butterfly, has been listed as endangered and is in danger of extinction. 

Known for migrating up to 4000 or more miles a year from the northern regions of the U.S. and Canada to wintering areas in central Mexico, populations of the large butterfly have shrunk by between 22 percent and 72 percent over the past decade, due to industrial, commercial, and suburban developments as well as herbicides and insecticides, logging and deforestation and abnormal weather conditions. 


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