Comments on: Where have all the butterflies gone? The EPA Blog Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:27:06 +0000 hourly 1 By: pam Mon, 28 May 2012 11:48:32 +0000 no butterflyscause the milkweed is gone we did to plant milkweed to get them back put in your search bar milkweed for monarch it takes you to a site where you can buy milkweed and caterpillows you can buy some and plant the milkweed to get our butterflys back

By: Anonymous Sat, 19 May 2012 10:30:41 +0000 You have a really nice blog here. Just wanted to comment and appreciate. I will certainly be following this from now on.

By: David Sun, 05 Feb 2012 05:14:20 +0000 And once again,The radiant heat from the sun melts these ice crystals,.
And the topic is where has all the butterflies gone this is correct But can you explain all the rain water and soil samples with extreme high amounts of aluminum and barium and other heavy metals.

By: Lina-EPA Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:37:19 +0000 Let’s see how things are this spring. Thanks for your comments

By: Anonymous Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:57:36 +0000 I just would like to say that the Chemtrails problem is not a MYTH. I have been watching the trails for a while now and they are getting bad. I have constant eye redness in one eye and I wake up with a bloddy nose often. I live near L.A. and the trails are bad here. Saw them this morning as a matter of fact. I saw contrails as well which did evaporate, but the chemtrails did not.

By: SF Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:43:18 +0000 The lack of butterflies seems to go along with the mysterious mass animal deaths from fish to birds that have occurred over the last year or so. I truly wonder if the lack of butterflies as well as animal deaths is a result of the chemtrails / geoengineering going on in the world. “What in the World are they Spraying?” is a recently developed DVD available in full version if you search youtube. Maybe the butterflies cannot survive these chemicals in our environment being of such a small creature.

I know I am missing butterflies in my back yard as well.

So sad and trying times we live in… keep praying. We may need prayers more than ever if some of these mysteries are not solved soon!

By: SBC Sun, 27 Nov 2011 21:01:13 +0000 Hi

Seems to be the same this yeah, none around anywhere, lots of horrid wasps though.


By: Sharon Logan Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:00:34 +0000 I have a glory bower blooming in my year that is normally covered in butterflies. No exaggeration. Covered. There are none this year. I also noticed fewer bumble bee.

I don’t use Round Up or any of this stuff.

I planted milkweek and have a huge garden for them, but they aren’t to be found.

Last winter the dam broke on the 10 acre pond we live on, draining the pond. It was repaired in early spring. This is the only thing that
has changed.

By: Olivier Sun, 31 Jul 2011 04:43:11 +0000 The North American Butterfly Association has articles, maps and even an online form to start a butterfly count. They study butterfly distributions across distances and time periods by collecting data from volunteers.

Other places to research include Entomology journals:

The fluctuations in butterfly populations maybe due to several factors – man-made and natural. Below is a summary from a recent impact study on land use and how habitat fragmentation can influence local populations of pollinators.

– The Journal, Current Biology – Published July 21, 2011
Paper Title: The Circe Principle Explains How Resource-Rich Land Can Waylay Pollinators in Fragmented Landscapes

“Global declines in pollinators, associated with land-use change [[1], [2], [3], [4], [5] and [6]] and fragmentation [[7], [8], [9] and [10]], constitute a serious threat to crop production and biodiversity [11]. Models investigating impacts of habitat fragmentation on pollen flow have categorized landscapes simply in terms of habitat and nonhabitat. We show that pollen flow depends strongly on types of land use between habitat fragments. We used paternity analysis of seeds and a combination of circuit and general linear models to analyze pollen flow for the endangered tree Gomortega keule (Gomortegaceae) [12] in the fragmented Central Chile Biodiversity Hotspot [13]. Pollination probability was highest over pine plantation, moderate over low-intensity agriculture and native forest, and lowest over clearfells. Changing the proportions of the land uses over one kilometer altered pollination probability up to 7-fold. We explain our results by the novel “Circe principle.” In contrast to models where land uses similar to native habitat promote pollinator movement, pollinators may actually be waylaid in resource-rich areas between habitat patches. Moreover, pollinators may move with higher probability between habitat patches separated by some resource-poor land uses. Pollination research in fragmented landscapes requires explicit recognition of the nature of the nonhabitat matrix, rather than applying simple binary landscape models.”

By: Carol Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:39:01 +0000 I have not seen even one yellow swallowtail or monarch butterfly this summer. They are usually so plentiful to see every year.

Where are they? Something doesn’t seem quite right.