MACKINAC ISLAND (WWJ/AP) – Mackinac Island, a place known for fudge and horses, is trying to help the struggling monarch butterfly.
Thousands of milkweed seeds have been planted at the end of the island’s airport runway. The goal is to grow milkweed plants, which monarch butterflies use to lay eggs.READ MORE: Farmington Hills Police Department Apologizes After Claims It Used Images Of Black Men During Target Practice
The monarch is one of a few migratory butterflies. It travels up to 4,000 miles between Mexico and Canada and the United States every fall. The butterflies that return to Michigan are the offspring of monarchs that laid eggs in Texas and Oklahoma before dying off. Monarchs only lay eggs on the wild milkweed plant, which is an important source of food for butterfly larvae.READ MORE: Man Dies In Jet Truck Accident At Michigan Air Show
Natural historian Jeff Dykehouse says he’s seen clouds of monarchs flying south through the Straits of Mackinac at the tip of the Lower Peninsula.
Monarchs, which are usually spotted around the state in May and June, play an important role in pollinating plants.MORE NEWS: Southgate Man Charged After Inappropriate Contact With 13-Year-Old Girl Over Social Media
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