Saving Butterfly & Moth Species From Extinction
The current state of global butterfly and moth populations is pretty alarming. Have you ever seen a beautiful Monarch Butterfly? They’re probably the most recognisable butterfly in the world. Sadly, these beautiful orange and black butterflies are on the verge of extinction — it’s estimated that Monarch Butterfly populations have declined by 99% in the past 40 years. In the UK, around 3/4 of butterfly species are in decline.
According to Friends Of The Earth, “butterflies and moths have been deeply impacted by a warming climate and habitat loss due to human activities, particularly non-sustainable agricultural development, and use of pesticides”.
For the Monarch Butterfly, climate change is disrupting their migration due to cold, wetter winters and hot, drier summers.