Last Thursday, MPR aired a story titled Minnesota monarch butterfly population falls.
Minnesota’s monarch butterfly population is 38 percent below average this summer, according to preliminary statistics from University of Minnesota’s Monarch Lab. Cool, dry weather is likely the prime culprit, but ecologists also suspect human beings are playing a role.
Robbie and I went for a walk in the lower Carleton Arb on Saturday evening and the monarchs were plentiful… and amenable to being photographed up close. Click the thumbnails to enlarge and then click the green arrow to enlarge further.