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Why Butterflies are Disappearing

In summer, people in certain parts of the Midwest expect to see Monarch butterflies, but they're becoming scarce. Experts think that this is because farm fields are now planted with genetically-modified corn and soybeans that are resistant to the herbicide Roundup, so farmers to...
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Butterfly Goodbye

We've been saying goodbye to the monarch butterfly for a long time now, and due to the clearing of land in the small, 217 square-mile area in central Mexico where they migrate to every winter, we may see the demise of this beautiful species very soon. Will we be saying goodbye to some birds as well?
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Unseasonable Cold Kills Monarchs in Mexico

Unusually cold winters aren't just happening in Europe and in the northeast U.S. Two inches of snow fell in the Zacatecas state of Mexico, where snow is almost never seen at all. This is part of a cold spell in Mexico this winter that has killed off 10% of the 100 million Monarch butterflies that are spending the winter there, before migrating...

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Monarch Butterflies May Soon be Gone

Monarch butterflies migrate 2,000 miles every year to spend the winter in a small mountain forest in Mexico, but this could end within the next 50 years. At first, farmers were cutting down the trees in order to clear the land, but this has finally been stopped. Now it's been discovered that climate change may eventually kill off the oyamel fir...

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Millions of Monarchs Die

Carol Kaesuk Yoon, in the February 12 New York Times, reports that millions of Monarch butterflies lie dead in piles on the ground in their winter reserve in the mountains of Mexico. During a recent severe winter storm, between 220 and 270 million frozen butterflies fell from their roosts in the trees and now lie in piles more than a foot high...

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Fewer Monarchs Killed than Thought

Reports that 22 million Monarch butterflies were killed by being sprayed with pesticide have been greatly exaggerated, according to the World Wildlife Fund and American Monarch researchers.

"It's been overblown," says Monica Missrie, Monarch butterfly coordinator for the WWF in Mexico City. "It was probably two or three million."


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