Monarch Migration in ‘Grave Danger’

ENVIRONMENT

Migrating monarch butterflies are in “grave danger,” according to a report that shows their colonies in Mexico now occupy the smallest area since records began in 1993. (National Geographic News)

Learn more about monarchs, migration, milkweed, and metamorphosis.

These monarchs are enjoying their shrinking wintering grounds in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Sierra Chincua, Michoacan, Mexico. Joel Sartore is pretty good, but it's nearly impossible to take a bad photo of these insects. Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic

These monarchs are enjoying their shrinking wintering grounds in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Sierra Chincua, Michoacan, Mexico. Joel Sartore is pretty good, but it’s nearly impossible to take a bad photo of these insects.
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic

Discussion Ideas

  • What are the chief reasons monarch migration is threatened, according to the Nat Geo News article?
    • Loss of habitat, including deforestation and destruction of the butterfly’s most important food source, milkweed.
    • Severe weather, including storms and droughts.

2 responses to “Monarch Migration in ‘Grave Danger’

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