What’s a Monarch Butterfly?

Monarch butterflies nest in tree canopies. Due to the massive logging of forests, those tree canopies are disappearing and so are millions of Monarch butterflies. I saw less than ten last year. A Monarch is a big, golden brown butterfly with black and white marks on its wings. They love milkweed, but unfortunately pesticides have been wiping out milkweed, causing this magical butterfly to seriously dwindle in population. From New York to South America, the Monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed. In the early fall, in the north, Monarch butterflies have been known to appear in the millions before flying south. When the weather turns cold, the Monarch hibernates in tree canopies (if the canopies exist). When the spring comes, they come out of hibernation and travel back to the north. Let’s hope humans cherish these colorful butterflies so much, that we let the milkweed again flourish and we cherish our forests.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Acorns and Eat’em, a how-to vegetarian cookbook and field guide for eating acorns. Find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Acorns-Eatem-How–Vegetarian-Cookbook/dp/1491288973

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