Friday, February 18

MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ENDANGERED?



The online edition of this morning's "Houston Chronicle" has a story on the significantly declining numbers of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico's Michoacan mountains. Illegal logging there has led to enough of a deforestation problem that environmentalists think it the principal culprit, although some in Mexico claim its simply a function of much colder temperatures this winter.

We're fortunate here at our home in southeastern Texas to be in the path of the Fall and Spring migration of these gorgeous butterflies, as they travel distances of up to 2,500 miles. My wife has planted a number of flowering plants in our backyard to attract them and we enjoy very much their layover here. It's always cause to fetch the camera and photograph their fragile beauty.