Chesco’s Monarch Butterflies Are Departing — Like Fluttery Vacationers — for Winters in the Warmth

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An Aug. 17 event in Royersford will include a mass release of Monarch Butterflies.

What does a Monarch Butterfly have in common with certain Chester County residents? They not only hate the cold weather, they migrate to warmer climates to avoid it. But considering the fragile insects’ exit to Mexico and beyond isn’t here just yet, opportunities remain to appreciate and support them, writes Franki Rudnesky in PhillyVoice.

Monarch Butterflies have had a tough time recently.

The migratory monarch has recently been classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a global sustainability advocacy organization based in Switzerland.

The National Wildlife Foundation has also noted the losses domestically. It suggests that butterfly fans looking to boost their numbers do so by avoiding milkweed-killing herbicides (monarch caterpillars feed on milkweed) and instead, maintaining gardens with milkweed and nectar-rich flowers.

The event — 10 AM to noon with only a donation requested from attendees — will include tips on tagging, feeding, and raising butterflies. At its conclusion, a flurry of beautiful monarchs will be released for their journey south of the border.

For more information Monarch Butterflies — including details of a domestic effort to help them flourish — flit over to PhillyVoice.

Annual Monarch Butterfly migrations are one of Mother Nature’s most impressive insect feats.
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