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Recently emerged Monarch butterfly - AFPMB Monarch Waystation | by Armed Forces Pest Management Board
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Recently emerged Monarch butterfly - AFPMB Monarch Waystation

Each fall, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to

northern Mexico and southern California where they hibernate until conditions favor a return

flight in the spring. One of the world's greatest natural wonders, the migration is threatened by

habitat loss in North America. Urban development, roadside management techniques, and

genetically modified crops are reducing the native habitat of monarchs, threatening their

numbers, and their ability to migrate. To offset the loss, Monarch Waystations provide food

necessary for monarch butterflies to produce successive generations and sustain their annual

migration, which takes them from northern Mexico to southern Canada and back again each year, through three to four generations along the way. Waystations provide milkweed plants,

which are the essential food source for Monarch caterpillars, and nectar-producing flowers to

fuel the adult butterflies' journey. In addition, the Waystation provides a pesticide-free,

protected place where the monarchs can rest, feed, mate, and breed in peace. By creating the

Waystation, the AFPMB contributes to Monarch conservation, helping ensure the preservation

of the species and its spectacular seasonal migration.

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Taken on September 24, 2011