Monarch Butterflies Are Vanishing! Do We Care?


Posted by LLJ43 | Posted in Environment, Wildlife | Posted on 11-02-2015

Butterflies Are Being Snuffed Out By Herbicides

The value of butterflies can’t be measured, but it can be overlooked. We spend millions trying to protect the porpoises, big cats, elephants and other species each year. But the fate of smaller forms of life seem unworthy of our attention until someone sounds an alarm, and we casually wake up and see a man-made disaster playing out before our eyes.

Flavio Maluf has read that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is finally sounding one of those alarms, and it’s all about the Monarch Butterfly. A man-made massacre has been in progress since 1990. The result of that massacre is 970 million fewer butterflies. They vanished without a trace. The massacre started with spraying herbicides on milkweed plants. The butterfly depends on that plant for food and shelter. The plant also serves as a butterfly nursery.

The monarch butterfly is one of those magical creatures that has been around as long as we have. The image and the aura of the butterfly have been used as a metaphor for the life cycle we experience. The mere sight of a butterfly can hit a nerve of remembering that most of us can’t explain.

The Fish and Wildlife Service along with the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are organizing a massive attempt to grow milkweed on 200,000 acres. That’s a start, and it shows some people do care.