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The Decline in the Butterfly population is becoming all to evident. Butterfly enthusiasts say there’s a dearth of butterflies in Michigan this year and Monarch numbers in Canada are at a marked decline.

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Butterflies aren’t showing up for Michigan summer

4:06 PM, July 5, 2013   |
The American Painted Lady butterfly drinks some nectar in the yard of Joe Derek, former naturalist for the city of Farmington Hills.
The American Painted Lady butterfly drinks some nectar in the yard of Joe Derek, former naturalist for the city of Farmington Hills. / Joe Derek
By Kristen Jordan Shamus

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

Joe Derek, 65, of Farmington Hills talks about some of the plants in his natural garden on Friday, June 28, 2013, that help attract butterflies while while standing near Joe Pye weeds. Derek, formerly the naturalist for the city of Farmington Hills, has a 2-acre butterfly garden at his home. Ryan Garza / Detroit Free Press / Detroit Free Press
A European cabbage butterfly hides from the rain on a plant in Joe Derek’s butterfly garden in Farmington Hills on Friday June 28, 2013. Derek, formerly the naturalist for the City of Farmington Hills, has a 2-acre…

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6 thoughts on “The Decline in the Butterfly population is becoming all to evident. Butterfly enthusiasts say there’s a dearth of butterflies in Michigan this year and Monarch numbers in Canada are at a marked decline.”

  1. Only today Eunice we were discussing that we haven’t seen many butterflies in our garden when usually there are lovely big swallow tail ones and several others of various colors. What a pity because they look so beautiful when fluttering around

    1. OK so it is just not my place. Strange weather even has the animals out of sync. We had a 300 to 500 lb bear the neighbors say rip down our tree he made to hang feeders from AGAIN now reenforced and they will come into the shed nightly Metal building, hope he doesn’t crash through the glass door after that sack of fresh tasty seeds 🙂

      I saw the swallow tail today and one Monarch my roses only have hips like winter is on it’s way and Lazy Susan have been in bloom all over the yard some of my plants never came up guess I am not the only one who didn’t need all the rain we wanted you all to have. Crazy for sure even yellow jackets and and hornets have been missing usually Hummingbird feeders are covered with them.

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