Can I raise monarchs in the State of Washington?
by David Schneider
(Los Organos, Piura, Peru)
I didn't see a map of natural habitats but may have missed it.
Do monarchs live in the Pacific Northwest? We will be living there for about a year soon.
I lived in Santa Cruz, California, where Natural Bridges State Park was a gathering place for thousands of monarchs before they traveled across the Monterey Bay. I hear that the number has dropped considerably there.
Is that true?
David, I guess I need to do a page on the Monarch range:) I checked and I don't think I've had questions before from Washingtonians. According to this article on butterflies in Washington there are no monarchs in Washington but I also found a few references saying there were some monarchs in Eastern Washington.
Yes, the monarch numbers in California are down quite a bit (although they vary a great deal from year to year depending upon weather, etc.). Here is an article about monarch butterfly colonies in California.