Stand up for Butterflies

 A monarch caterpillar sits on a milkweed plant. | GARY FRIEDMAN FILE PHOTO

A monarch caterpillar sits on a milkweed plant. | GARY FRIEDMAN FILE PHOTO

We all know and love the beautiful orange and black monarch butterfly.  This pretty insect, actually Minnesota’s state butterfly, is dying off.  In the immediate term, eliminate pesticide use (including the purchase of bedding plants and annuals treated with pesticides/herbicides) and plant milkweed—monarch caterpillars must have it for food.  Also, check out EPA’s risk assessment and opportunity to comment—due July 24, 2015.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-24/html/2015-15405.htm