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Monarch Decline : Royal Decline

Better Essays
Madison Paoletti
ISB Lab
Colin O’Neill
14 February 2017
Section 008
Monarch Decline Monarchs have been around for a long time. They are scientifically called Dannaus plexippus but most people refer to them as Monarch Butterflies. They are so beautiful with their orange, black, and white pattern. Monarchs are found in many places including the United States of America. Within the United States of America monarchs are found in the Rocky Mountains (Yuhaniak, 2015). During the winter conditions in the United States of America, monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico. The ecological importance of monarchs are that they are great pollinators. This is important because all the food we eat needs to be pollinated. Another reason they are important
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When it is cold outside in the United States of America, monarch butterflies migrate to warmer places such as Mexico. This contributes to the decline of monarchs because in Mexico they are having deforestation problems. For example, there have been late winter storms causing over 100 acres of trees to fall down in Central Mexico (Deere, 2017). This causes a problem because monarch butterflies will have no place to live during the winter months in the United States of America. Researchers say that during the storm over 6.2 million butterflies have died (Deere, 2017). That is a lot of butterflies. This is a major problem because monarch butterflies are a food source for many animals and if they go extinct the food cycle will get messed up. This is a hard problem to fix to try to stop the decline of monarchs because you would have to get the monarchs to migrate to another place with lots of trees and that will not be destroyed. The last causal mechanism that is contributing to the decline of monarchs is the decline of female butterflies. Monarchs are having a tough time breeding because there are less female monarchs than male monarchs (Davis and Salinas, 2013). This is a major problem because the population needs a lot of both female and male butterflies to increase the population. What is happening to the female monarchs? Researchers believe that something is happening to them when
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