Specieswatch: monarch butterfly needs urgent protection

Specieswatch: monarch butterfly needs urgent protection

Eastern populations have fallen by 80% but US government says it is unworthy of special attention

Watching an American indie band is not the most obvious way to commune with a wonder of the natural world but look up Saint Simon by the Shins on YouTube.

The band plays in a forest in central Mexico, surrounded by towering chandeliers of butterflies, trees full of butterflies, clouds of butterflies. It is a stunning encounter with the monarch, one of the world’s most remarkable migratory insects.

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