Although our beloved Western Monarchs make the headlines, they are by no means the only endangered pollinators in California. According to reporting by the BBC, there are 18 critically endangered butterfly and moth species in the state.
For example, the Laguna Mountain skipper pictured here (photo credited to the BBC) hasn’t been found in its namesake mountains in the Cleveland National Forest for 20 years.
Thankfully, scientists right here are our San Diego Zoo, innovative farmers and forward-thinking wine makers are working to halt the rapid decline in our butterfly and moth population.
And thanks to SeaWeeder Jewel Edson for bringing it to our attention!