BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It would seem that spring, apart chasing away winter’s gloom, can also bestow upon us the promise of renewed hope. According to a recent survey, the monarch butterflies are on the rebound, ever growing in numbers.
Well, this is a piece of great news, taking into account the fact that many researchers believed that the monarch butterfly will become extinct in a couple of years. But a new survey shows that the butterfly population isn’t in danger of becoming extinct too soon.
The study in question has been performed by Doctor Karen Oberhauser, a biologist working at the University of Minnesota. Apart from teaching comparative biology, Doctor Oberhauser spent a great deal of her academical career studying these majestic insects
According to the biologists, last year’s weather conditions proved to be a blessing for the fleeting population of monarch butterflies. Moreover, the scientist has now every reason to believe that climate can be considered an important factor in the monarch’s fight for survival.
Now, the World Wildlife Fund is an NGO, which monitors all wildlife activity to devise various conservation strategies. For some time now, the member working at the World Wildlife Fund have been keeping close tabs on the monarch butterfly population, especially during their seasonal migration to Central Mexico.
Before the coming of winter, the monarch butterfly will usually seek a warmer climate and choose to fly to the central part of Mexico, where they will stay until the season has passed. According to the NGO’s latest numbers, it would seem that the monarch butterfly population now extends over 9 nine acres of land (approximately 4 hectares).
And if you thought that the latest figure is unimpressive, then you should know that two years ago, due to sudden weather shifts, the monarch population only occupied an acre of land.
Doctor Oberhauser, who is currently developing strategies aimed at increasing the number of monarch butterflies, declared that the goal for the next year is 6 hectares. When asked about what prompted this boom in population, the biologist explained that there are many factors which contribute to the event.
For instance, Karen Oberhauser said that weather is perhaps the most important factor. Last year’s weather conditions were just right for the majestic flying insects. Moreover, the weather conditions do not directly affect the butterfly’s reproductive capabilities.
Optimal weather conditions, such as an adequate temperature and not too much rain affects the milkweed harvest, the monarch butterfly’s primary source of food. So, the weather being fortuitous, it is only natural that the number of monarch butterflies should increase.
Latest figures show that monarch butterflies are on the rebound, and researcher expect more improvements this year.