Monarch Butterfly Count Bounces BackFebruary 16th, 2011 - 12:26 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
Feb 15 (THAINDIAN NEWS) After being devastated by terrible storms, the Monarch butterfly count has bounced back, with colonies in Mexico more than doubling in size during the season, however experts say that the migrating insect is still in serious danger.
Each year literally millions of butterflies take on an amazing two thousand mile trip from Canada to Mexico in much the same way that many birds “fly South for the winter” but the numbers in those migrations can vary extensively.
Lat year there were less of the beautiful black and orange colored Monarchs than there had ever been, causing many to fear an extinction of the insect. But according to researchers, those colonies were increased by one hundred and nine percent this winter. It is still said to be the fourth lowest total of Monarchs in the colonies ever reported, which shows that the insect is still in danger, although that danger has lessened slightly.
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