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Increase in Size of Monarch Butterflies an Unexpected Finding

L. Lerner

Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Populations have declined steeply in recent years. A 2017 report found that monarchs in the Western U.S. could be extinct within decades if the current trends continue. New research is shedding light on some of the factors at play and some of them are unexpected like an increase in the size of monarchs. 

Andy Davis is a Research Scientist, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia and Editor of the journal, Animal Migration. He's also the author of the blog Andy spoke with Heather about Monarch butterfly behavior. 

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.