Oct 20, 2015

How monarch butterflies might actually be saved by California's drought

Vista, CA
Associated Press
Photo: Wikipedia
Photo: Wikipedia

Suburban homeowners are ripping out their lawns and replacing them with drought-resistant plants, like milkweed. These plants, which are native to California's deserts and chaparral, could save the drought and monarchs at the same time, as the females only lay eggs on milkweed. The plant's resurgence comes at a crucial time, since monarch butterfly populations have dropped from 1 billion to fewer than 60 million in just two decades.