There is a national effort to help rebuild the monarch butterfly population, and it is starting here in Minnesota. The number of monarchs has decreased by more than 90 percent since the 1990s, which is mostly due to the use of pesticides and weed killer.
Spread your wings and fly, butterfly! The Science Museum of Minnesota’s live Butterfly House is now open. See hundreds of real butterflies close-up, watch their natural behaviors and explore their life cycles.
Minnesotans love the Monarch — it’s the official state butterfly. But the only placethey can really be seen this summer are at places like the Aveda Butterfly Garden at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley.