Evidence: Monarch Butterfly

According to scientists, the North American continent’s Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) population has declined by more than 80 percent from its average during the past two decades — and by more than 90 percent from its peak of nearly one billion butterflies in the mid-1990s. (National Wildlife Federation, “Battle for Butterflies, The fight to bring back North America’s dwindling migratory monarchs,” by Laura Tangley.)

Photo ©2017 Jen Payne, from the upcoming book Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.

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