Embattled butterfly finds new best friend in California drought

The Monarch butterfly, a once common sight across North America and famous for its annual migration south to Mexico which attracts thousands of visitors, is making a minor comeback – thanks to the drought in California.

Monarch butterflies making a comeback in California.

Monarch butterflies making a comeback in California. Image by Smart Destinations / CC BY-SA 2.0

Numbers of Monarchs have dropped dramatically over recent decades because their only breeding habitat, the milkweed plant, has been destroyed. Now, with many people reverting to planting their gardens with species like milkweed because they cope better with drought conditions, a small resurgence in numbers is expected. Read more: nytimes.com

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