9:28 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Drought affecting butterfly population in W. Ky.

The female Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Kenneth Dwain Harrelson, Wikimedia Commons

A naturalist at Audubon State Park in Henderson is noticing another effect of the high heat and drought that has plagued western Kentucky, a dearth of monarch butterflies.  Julie McDonald says the butterflies are usually migrating through the area to Mexico by now, but she hasn't seen any yet.