You can help save declining butterfly populations
At the end of 2020, the Xerces Society published a study that said the Western Monarch Butterfly population reached an all-time low. The society says effects of climate change, most notably the historic string of wildfires along the Pacific Coast, have been the main force in the destruction of the Western Monarch Butterfly population. AdTreviño-Wright said the decline in the monarch butterfly species has not been as bad east of the Rocky Mountains, but there are still threats to the insects. But, she says there are ways you can help restore butterfly populations in your own backyard, such as planting native species. KSAT and the National Butterfly Center want to answer any questions you may have about butterflies in Texas.