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Kay Gundlach’s Monarch Butterfly Photos

September 16, 2015

Several days ago Kay Gundlach brought her camera along on a walk so to photograph monarch butterflies.  She noticed they were flying about the flowers on our lawn and spent some time snapping away.  Her series of photos are well worth the look.

As we know there is much concern about the reduced number of these natural treasures.    That is why it is so important for people like Gundlach to call attention to the butterfly and ways we can act more in accord with nature to make sure they are not harmed.

Monarchs are facing the biggest threat to their species due to the use of glysophate, better known as Roundup, a herbicide popular with home owners and a staple of the agriculture industry.  Crops such as corn and soybeans have been genetically modified so that they are resistant to Roundup. This means that the herbicide will eliminate all other plants leaving the crop aside. Milkweed happens to be one the plants that get killed by Roundup, the only plant that monarch butterfly lays eggs on. It is also the only plant the monarch caterpillars will eat so killing milkweed means killing monarch.

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2 Comments
  1. Mr. Peabody permalink
    September 16, 2015 10:05 AM

    Picky eaters. Maybe more “cosmopolitan” and adventurous caterpillars will try your begonias and evolve. Personally, I don’t like tomatoes.

  2. Kathy McGrath permalink
    September 16, 2015 9:03 AM

    Thanks for this post about the monarchs. I live in Central Wisconsin and have been raising and releasing monarch butterflies for over 20 years. I used to do it with my students when I was teaching kindergarten and after retiring 6 years ago I have gotten into the project big time. I got my husband interested and together we have raised and released over 975 monarchs this summer. We have tagged 300 of them for their trip to Mexico. Even though the monarchs have had a good summer, they have a long way to go! I give presentations to school children and adult groups about the monarchs. I think it is all about education. The more people know about what is harmful to the beautiful butterflies and what they can do to help them, the better off the monarchs will be!

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