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Butterfly Decline In The Garden State

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Spring time came and went and you may have noticed that so far this summer there has been a decrease in monarch butterflies in the Garden State.

Now the Twitter campaign #savethemonarchs has brought even more attention to this potential problem.

Flo Rutherford is the head butterfly guide at “World of Wings” in Teaneck, New Jersey. She said that the absence of these beautiful creatures is serious.

“People are definitely noticing the decline in numbers in the monarchs in the last few years. I did not see a single monarch all last summer in New Jersey,” she said.

Rutherford explained that there are a lot of reasons the numbers of monarchs in New Jersey have now declined to a 20-year low, but one of the main reasons they may not be coming to our great state is because we don’t have a certain weed! Milkweed is the only plant where monarchs will lay their eggs.

The milkweed is actually a very nice looking plant and Rutherford doesn’t understand why people would remove them from their gardens.

“At this point the monarchs should be arriving back in New Jersey,I don’t know whether we’ll be seeing any, but I certainly hope so,” she said.

 

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