Monarchs on my mind

With so much information available about global climate change, the potential impacts it will have on us in the future, and the impacts these changes are having on us now, I think it sometimes easy to overlook the ways that shifts in precipitation patterns, temperature ranges, fire cycles, and various other components of climate can impact other creatures. Furthermore, the introduction of non-native species, disruption of wilderness areas, increased development of open spaces, the threats of air and water pollution as well as many other factors also place immense pressure on ecosystems where inter-species relationships have developed over millennia.

Monarch butterflies are a well-known and well-documented case in point. Female monarchs lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants (Asclepias sp.) and the Monarch larvae feed exclusively on milkweed. Without milkweed, the reproductive cycle of the Monarch butterfly is disrupted and the species suffers considerably.

It is my hope that the circular layout of this drawing serves as a reminder that all of our lives are cyclical and that we have to attend to all components of the cycle in order to thrive.


Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and Milkweed (Asclepias californica)
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and Milkweed (Asclepias californica)

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