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Archive for Monday, August 13, 2012

Heat takes toll on butterflies

August 13, 2012

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— Ecologists in Kansas and Missouri say extreme temperatures are killing a large number of butterflies and could hurt their southern migration next month.

Millions of monarch butterflies are expected to migrate south through the two states in less than a month in their seasonal trip from Canada to Mexico.

KSHB-TV reported that the Powell Botanical Gardens’ annual butterfly festival east of Kansas City is seeing the lowest number of monarchs in a decade.

Kansas University Monarch Watch director Chip Taylor says flowers that should bloom in the fall already are finished blooming, which could be a problem for butterflies that need the plants’ nectar for their journey.

Horticulturists say fewer butterflies also could mean fewer birds, bees and flowers as the drought continues.

Comments

gatekeeper 2 years, 4 months ago

During the migration, if you have hummingbird feeders, will monarchs be attracted to them? If so, I'll set out a few more in hopes they find them and get some food for their trip.

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