We had a nice moment yesterday -- a Monarch Butterfly gave Barbara’s Echinacea flowers a royal audience. We always wonder whether we’ve seen the last of these once-plentiful garden delights.
Over 90 percent of the Monarch population has vanished, apparently due to a storm of coinciding dangers that include, among others, habitat destruction, unusual weather, and an invasion of the single-celled parasite known commonly as OE (Ophryocystis elektroscirrha).
This butterfly is considered by many to be the most beautiful of its kind, hence it was named the Monarch of butterflies. (Brooklin, Maine)