Have you seen many monarch butterflies this year?
I just received this email from a Master Gardener friend:
"I talked with my uncle from Pinson. He is concerned about monarch butterflies because he has seen very few this year & normally sees many. He is afraid it may be due to the new genetically modified corn which has a pesticide built in against corn earworm. I did not know this, but he said that when the monarchs leave Mexico in spring, their food while migrating is corn tassels. Then low & behold, there is an article in today's paper about that corn -no mention of butterflies. He was hoping I could check with my MG friends as to whether they had seen a decline in monarchs. I, myself, have not seen any monarchs, but I normally see more swallowtails, fritillaries & yellows. Let me know & spread this around if you like."
I hadn't watched particularly for monarchs, but don't remember seeing any this year. What about you? I'll also post this on the butterfly forum, but wondered if things might be different in AL from other parts of the country.