Species Spotlight: Monarch Butterfly

monarch butterfly on a flower

Questions and Answers

How does climate change threaten monarch butterflies?
Climate change is disrupting migration patterns by affecting weather conditions in both wintering grounds and summer breeding grounds. Colder, wetter winters could be lethal and hotter, drier summers could shift suitable habitats north.

How can you tell the difference between male and female monarchs?
Males, with distinguishing black dots along the veins of their wings, are slightly bigger than females.

What are the biggest threats to monarchs?
Habitat loss, climate change and loss of milkweed.



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