Joe has been going on butterfly hunts.
He arms himself with a butterfly net and his bug house.
He takes his trusty assistant along with him and hunts the property.
He’s found two small butterflies, but is concerned that there are no monarchs on our land.
“Where are they?” he asks every time he trudges back to the house, his net dragging on the ground.
Well, they’ve been having a bit of trouble getting back to Illinois. Milkweed, where they lay their eggs, is disappearing and difficult to find. Why?
Pesticides are a big factor.
One article I read states that butterflies have to cross “the corn/soybean desert” on their migration from Mexico to Illinois. Steps are being taken to plant milkweed along roadsides, but I’m not sure how much good that would do. Won’t it die out again when the pesticides start hitting fields?
We only saw 1 monarch butterfly last year on our property. Just one. I think we saw 2 or 3 the year before.
We have, or had, a lot of milkweed in our back pasture, but it seems we have less every year. Right now, I don’t see any growing. Usually, we don’t start seeing it until late Spring though. So we still have time. We don’t need to worry…yet.
Deep orange and black wings
The monarchs are vanishing
Never to be seen