Monarch butterflies at risk of extinction

Monarch Butterflies Endangered
Posted at 8:39 AM, Jul 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-22 09:39:57-04

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has included the migratory Monarch Butterfly on its list of endangered species.

The organization recognizes the butterflies population has decreased by 99.9% between the 1980s and 20-21'.

Experts say their biggest threats are habitat destruction and climate change.

These threats lead to increased temperatures causing earlier migrations and droughts limiting the growth of milkweed.