Do you believe butterflies are in peril? “Species that depend on one another may become out of sync. For example, plants could bloom earlier than their pollinating insects become active.” (source – Nat Geo)
Do you look at wildlife and think you might not see it again next year? “Ecosystems will change—some species will move farther north or become more successful; others won’t be able to move and could become extinct.” (source – Nat Geo)
Many species we have taken for granted seem to be disappearing before our eyes. I was going to do a post on the different species of butterfly I saw this year and quickly realized, I did not see that many. Last year I saw much more variety.
Today through my office window I saw two Monarchs feeding on my Butterfly Bush. I was so happy to see them after not seeing them all summer, I stood and watched for the five minutes they fed. No camera to disturb them. When they finished, they headed south. What a beautiful sight. I fear I may not see that again next year.
Seeing the ragged look of the few butterflies I did see this year really is telling. Old age or hard life?
The decline of some species, like bees for instance, have obvious repercussions. Butterflies are less apparent.
Red-Spotted Purple usually found south of here, yet seen here in Niagara Falls. Makes one wonder…
I think next year, science will have quite a bit to report. Do you?