We saw about 20 Monarch Butterflies on a walk this afternoon. Their number seem about normal for their yearly migration. Other butterflies were almost totally missing.
This has been a perfect year for the plants that butterflies feed on. I’ve never seen so many wildflowers at the Prairie Garden Trust. However, my sense is that the population of all the resident butterflies and swallowtails is down by at least 90%. I hope they recover next year.
Silent Spring for butterflies?