What has happened to the Monarchs this year?

Asked June 25, 2016, 9:13 AM EDT

I have not observed a single Monarch this year? What is going on with them?

Hennepin County Minnesota

4 Responses

As you probably know, the mid-continental monarch butterfly population has declined precipitously in recent years.
https://www.nrdc.org/experts/sylvia-fallon/monarch-butterflies-cant-wait-another-year-epa-needs-act-...

It might be too soon to assess trends this season. Monarch numbers in Minnesota vary somewhat from place to place so that some people may report seeing a significant number and others few or none.

In any case, like you, others are certain to note the species scarcity locally.

I finally saw 1 monarch but that has been it for the year. I actually saw a few honey bees in my yard yesterday and today....it is nice to see them. Bob Jones

I agree. I've seen two monarchs in the yard--or maybe the same monarch twice. That's it. But many bumblebees have been visiting the shrub roses.

Honey bees....much rarer sighting these days.