Skip to comments.The Plight of the Monarch Butterflies
Posted on 06/09/2014 7:05:12 AM PDT by rktman
The Monarch Butterflies are threatened, no doubt about that. Well-meaning groups, like LMF are grassroots efforts to encourage gardeners to grow milkweed plants, the monarchs predominant food source.
The crucial question though has not been asked: why is the milkweed plant rapidly disappearing? Some Ideas
Some people think the use of genetically modified (GM) corn that is the source of the problem. They think that herbicides applied to GM corn prevent the growth of errant milkweed plants in corn fields. I dont think so. The milkweed rate of growth is much less than that of corn and the monarchs would rarely have found the few errant milkweed plants in a multi-acre corn field prior to the introduction of GM corn.
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Ethanol produced from food is one of the worst ides the liberals ever came up with. And to top it off, they made it a mandate to include it in gasoline AND the federal government pays the produces 50 cents per gallon to produce it.
Wonderful - here we go again. Lived in California in the early 90’s and that’s all we talked about back then too.
Butterflies? Ain’t nobody got time for dat.
We are to busy saving salamanders, newts, and endangered insects from the once lush breadbasket in California to the swamps in Louisiana. We got desert tortoise dying of cattle farts, REAL crisis stuff going on. There is a beetle in Arizona that they recently discovered, the only one of its kind. It’s now endangered because the scientists had to dissect it to make sure it had never before been discovered. Hell, it might be extinct now.
Now THAT is would be the basis of a VERY exhausting debate. Too many "worst" ideas to consider.
Certainly the causes are global warming caused by CO2 “pollution” and cow farts, rising sea levels and of course George Bush.
Hey, I did say “one of the worst”. But then, how often does a liberal have a good idea?
source movie "All Quiet on the Western Front".
I believe that Roundup kills milkweed. GM corn and soybeans, among others are roundup resistant, so spraying with roundup has become a standard farming practice. That’s what keeps my Coop busy.
Of all the claims made by environmental alarmists, the decline of certain kinds of butterflies is the only one that I’ve actually noticed with my own eyes. I saw a monarch in my yard a couple of days ago, fluttering around the Daphne shrubs. It was the first I’ve seen this year. In my youth, they were an everyday occurrence. Another type I rarely see anymore is one we used to call “swallowtails,” large yellow-and-black butterflies. Haven’t seen one yet this year, last year I saw maybe three or four. Back in the 50s and 60s, I would see them every day during the summer.
Or whole swarms of them running into the endless obstacles of industrial wind turbines strategically placed on their migratory routes.
When I was young my grandma had a huge flower garden as well as a regular garden. Butterflies, bees, bumble bees everywhere. I saw a black bumble bee in our yard this morning, first one I’ve seen in years. Can’t remember when I last saw a butterfly.
I like this guys view point...he is blaming wind turbines and Al Gore and his ridiculous theories......Works for me. Can we get rid of those???
Really. Some of those things may just interfere with my “view shed”. Especially algore. Heck, he’d block out the sun.
Actually, Gov. Rick Scott signed a law here that eliminates the ethanol mandate.
Switched from roundup to home-made herbicide.
Gal. of vinegar
Cup of salt
Tbsp of soap
Just started using it so no known results yet.
I think that the Romans did the salt thing at Carthage. It worked pretty well for them.
I sorta remember Homer Simpson went back in time and squash a Monarch butterfly and changed history.
The ethanol mandate is a federal mandate.
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