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Imagine your grandchildren growing up having never seen a live monarch butterfly.
This is a real possibility, because the monarch population has been reduced by 90% over the past 20 years. Scientists predict that the Eastern monarch will become quasi-extinct in the next 20 years, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering placing the monarch butterfly under endangered species protection, which it will decide by June 30, 2019.
DID YOU KNOW? The monarch butterfly exhibits the most highly evolved migration pattern of any known species of butterfly or moth and perhaps any known insect. The monarch butterfly, which weighs less than a penny, can fly up to a mile high and cover 80 miles in a day. By the end of its journey to Mexico, the monarch has travelled up to 3,000 miles. On the way, the monarch butterfly pollinates flowers that it visits in its quest for energy-giving nectar.
What are the Causes of Monarch Population Decline?
How Can People Help Monarch Butterflies?