Monarch Butterfly

The monarch butterfly is one of the most familiar butterflies in North America. The orange-and-black butterfly is known for its annual, multi-generational migration from Mexico to as far north as Canada.  Monarch populations have decreased considerably over the past 20 years. (See the bar graph below Total Area Occupied by Monarch Colonies at Overwintering Sites in Mexico 1994/1995 – 2014/2015)  Habitat loss in the United States and Mexico is one of many reasons that have caused the monarch population to decline.

Fortunately the state of Missouri is within the migratory flyway of the monarch butterfly so we have a great opportunity to help meet the needs of this iconic butterfly and increase their numbers.

Images of Monarchs

Ken McCarty speaks at Missourians for Monarchs event June 21, 2017 in the Governor's GardenNational Pollinator Week - June 19-25

Missouri State Parks' Ken McCarty spoke at the Missourians for Monarchs event today. Missourians for Monarchs is a statewide conservation collaborative with a mission of increasing and sustaining habitat for monarch butterflies and pollinators through citizen involvement, and seeking ways for partners, communities and agencies to coordinate similar efforts. During the past 20 years, monarch populations have decreased by an estimated 90 percent. Listen to McCarty's presentation on the Missourians for Monarchs' Facebook page.


Chat of Total Area Occupied by Monarch Colonies at Overwintering Sites in Mexico