The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Southern New Hampshire University
In recent years, the Monarch butterfly population has declined significantly along with their host plant where they lay their eggs, milkweed. Another plant, the sacred fir, which is native to Mexico, has also been on the decline due to climate change. This recent decrease is due to many factors including extreme weather events, insecticides, pesticides, and habitat loss/fragmentation. Recent studies have pointed out that a protection zone around milkweed plants has been shown to alleviate the pressure presented by these chemicals which decrease egg laying efficiency. This study aims to highlight the importance of pollinators, increasing monarch and milkweed populations by tracking and rearing them.