Updated: June 28, 2021
By Doris Behnke

The monarch butterfly needs help from all the people and businesses across the country, not
just a few. As researchers discover the direct effect of the decline of these amazing insects, we the
people need to take action to help correct the problem. The purpose of this Extension Brief is to help
eliminate one threat to the monarchs; uneducated humans. Humans that do not know what the
monarch butterfly looks like in the caterpillar stage will oftentimes kill it when they find it in their
garden. Knowing what the life stages of the monarch butterfly looks like, and protecting them allows
another monarch butterfly to reach maturity, meaning it can then lay more eggs to produce more
butterflies. Saving one butterfly at a time.

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