Current Butterfly Population In Ohio Is One Third Less In The Last 20 Years
The butterfly population in Ohio is shrinking, and experts say that is a distressing reality for bees. A study released this week indicates that the drastic loss of butterflies is a sign of more woes for the agriculture industry. In one of the longest studies conducted, a team of researchers have concluded that that the butterfly population is dropping, and it’s due in part to climate change. This say researchers is part of the ongoing crisis that climate change is causing around the world. Researchers said in Ohio, that the butterfly population has decreased by a third in the last 20 years. PlOS One published their findings this week, the report indicated insecticides are to blame for the loss of butterflies, and this is a recurring issue with many other insects.
Researchers Indicate That The Declining Butterfly Population Is Happening At A Very Fast Rate
Researchers are sounding the alarm with the findings of this particular study. They said that the butterfly population is decreasing at a much faster rate than originally thought. The decrease in butterflies not only in Ohio but all over the world indicates other insects like bees are at risk. The butterfly plays a vital role in nurturing the ecosystem. The process of insects and butterflies fertilize flowers as they are eating nectar. This process in turn produces various crops that human beings eat.
The US Forest Services believes that the majority of the world’s crops rely on monarchs to fertilize the crops. Butterflies don’t fertilize plants at the same rate that bees and other insects can and do. Although t their reach is not as far as other insects, their declining numbers will have far reaching ramifications.
Scientists Are Actively Debating The Plight Of The Monarchs
Leading Scientists are going back and forth on various cause and effects of the declining butterfly population. This latest study was authored by, Tyson Wepprich, a PHD candidate research assistant at Oregon State University. Wepprich indicated that the research shows that the butterflies are in decline, but the precise cause is still in the research process. He also said the evidence is unclear as to whether what’s happening with butterflies is exactly what’s happening with bees. However the belief is that the same negative effects on the environment that decreasing butterflies is the same for bees.
In the study duration, the butterflies decreased steadily, some types have been hit very hard. The Monarchs of Ohio decrease at a rate of 7% yearly. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says that the travel pattern of the Monarch is the spend their summers in Ohio. As fall approaches they migrate to Mexico. Some experts agree that the depletion of milkweed plants is the at the root of the decreasing butterflies. They feed on milkweed, so without it, they die off quicker. The harmful toxins that farmers use to rid their land of weeds, kills off the milkweed too.