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Dormant Monarch Awakes (1 of 3)

Dormant Monarch Awakes (1 of 3)

As I began to work in my yard this morning, I noticed this beautiful Monarch butterfly lying dormant (I hoped!) from the cold. It was a lucky thing that I saw it, as it was just outside the door to the shed, and if I hadn't seen it I might have accidentally stepped on it.

The population of Monarch butterflies is in crisis and collapse - a recent study estimated that the number of Monarchs spending the winter in California may be only one sixth of the number that were here 20 years ago. See:

xerces.org/2018/02/01/very-low-numbers-of-monarchs-overwi...

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Photo taken on 13 December 2018 (© Ian E. Abbott / Flickr)

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