Few if any other creatures have to work as hard as they do for their reward than the ephemeral monarch whose journey will take it from toe to tip of this continent in search of milkweed. While milkweed is the monarch’s reward for its thousands of kilometer long flights, milkweed is also disappearing as part of the unintended consequence of agricultural behemoth Monsanto (who also gave us Agent Orange) and its destructive push of herbicides (i.e. Roundup) and herbicide-resistant seeds (i.e. Roundup Ready) … and with it, the monarch is also on a very steep decline. All this makes spying a dancing monarch all the more rewarding on the afternoon of a long hike.
All text and images © Dale Schierbeck
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