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It is not really news that Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Their numbers have been dropping steadily for the last twenty or more years. Last week, (August 2022) the International Union for the Conservation of Nature put the Monarch on their red list of species that are endangered. This holds no legal protections or incentives to help the Monarch, but it shows that scientists are justifiably worried.
"The most common way gardeners attempt to connect with insects is by planting for butterflies. It is a noble idea... Sadly, the execution of this enterprise is so often directed by misinformation that we end up having fewer butterflies than we started with."
-Doug Tallamy, Bringing Nature Home
I was supposed to write about pollinator gardens, but Hurricane Isaias changed that.
. . . but did it really? Bear with me as I meander and perhaps stretch a metaphor to its breaking point.
"You could not remove a single grain of sand from its place without thereby ... changing something throughout all parts of the immeasurable whole."