You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Monarch butterfly population is dwindling

Something’s amiss with regal insect missing

Walking through the Boston Nature Center’s butterfly garden, 11-year-old Elijah Moran can identify an eastern tiger swallowtail, a viceroy, and all of the plants the insects flit among. What’s missing is Elijah’s favorite butterfly: the monarch.

“I like them because of their cool designs on their wings, and its name — like it’s regal, king of the butterflies,” the Dorchester boy said.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week