The population of monarch butterfly is dropping at an astronomical rate and therefore the US Fish and Wildlife Service may place them in the list of endangered species under the US Endangered Species Act.
According to the researchers, the farm-related habitat loss is leading to the sharp decline in the cross-country migrations of the orange-and-black insects.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday said that it is pointing toward introducing protections against the monarch butterfly species in order to save them from extinction.
If go by the estimates of the scientists, the population of monarch butterfly has dropped by as much as 90 percent over the last two decades. The scientists also recommend immediate protection against the destruction and elimination of farmlands, which is the main habitat of these species.
According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the monarch butterfly species depend upon milkweed plants to lay their eggs and also nourish hatching larvae. Biologist Karen Oberhauser, from the University of Minnesota, said, the species also face threat from the widespread use of pesticide as well as logging of mountain forests in coastal California and central Mexico.
Monarchs are the rare variety among butterfly species due to the regularity and breadth of their annual migration.
The Xerces Society and others filed a petition before the Fish and Wildlife Service requesting federal protections for monarch butterflies. They also presented substantial information about the gloomy condition of the monarchs indicating that listing may be warranted.”