Lost butterflies

Asked September 22, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

We live on the 11th floor of a 12-story building in Des Moines. We are inundated with monarchs this year. We have many new cell phone towers planted on our roof, too. Could the high-frequency waves from those be messing with the butterflies' ability to navigate? We were already concerned about these high-freq. waves. Workers who have gone onto the roof report horrible headaches. These towers point right onto our balconies. This is a difficult subject to pursue on the web. Thanks for your attention

Polk County Iowa

1 Response

This is not my specialty, so I FW your question to another agent and got this reply:

It seems feasible that the cell phone towers may interfere with the monarch butterfly’s flying behavior. Monarch butterflies. There was a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications which describes how researchers “identified the use of a light-dependent inclination magnetic compass in migrating monarchs”. What this basically means is researchers determined monarch butterflies use a similar navigation guide which detects changes to the earth’s magnetic field. Essentially monarchs have internal magnetic compasses if you will that helps orient them.

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/7741/20140624/monarch-butterflies-migrate-magnetic-compass.htm

This type of compass is similar to birds. The frequencies from cell phone towers can theoretically interrupt these signals causing the butterflies/birds to fly erratically, but once they are in distance from them they will acclimate and reorient themselves.

http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/6946/20140507/electronics-disrupt-bird-migration.htm

So to answer your question, it is possible that the cell phone towers are messing with the monarch butterflies ability to navigate.