Butterflies

Study: Minnesota among leading states in bee, butterfly protection

(Minnesota DNR)ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota ranks among the top states in the country for its work to protect declining bee and butterfly populations, according to a new study. Damon Hall, an assistant professor at Missouri State University, examined every pollinator-related law that was passed by a state legislature between 2000 and 2017, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Hall said…

Toledo becoming more butterfly-friendly

TOLEDO, Ohio — Ohio officials have voted to make their city a little more butterfly-friendly. The Blade reports the Toledo City Council voted unanimously last week to remove milkweed from the noxious weed designation under city municipal code. The native species plays a key role in monarch butterfly survival. Councilman Nick Komives says he proposed the change to bring the…

Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy: upward of nearly a million acres for monarch habitat by 2038

(Iowa DNR)The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has set a goal of acres devoted to monarch butterfly habitat in the state by 2038. “The consortium has worked collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand habitat on our agricultural land, urban areas, roadsides, and other public land. We appreciate the many partners that have been involved and are…