(CBS) — You might be noticing fewer butterflies hanging around the plants and flowers in your neighborhood this summer, reports WBBM’s Brandis Friedman explains.
The Illinois Nature Preserve Commission’s Angela Moorehouse says the numbers are alarming.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cool Lake Breeze Next 3 Days
“This year has been dramatically low from anything I have seen in my 15 years of doing butterfly surveys ,” said Moorehouse.
Earlier this month, the count of butterflies in McDonough County in west central Illinois noted only 22 butterfly species.READ MORE: How Will Chicago Police Hold Officers Accountable on New Search Warrant Rules? City Officials Sidestepped The Question
“I always like to see around 35 in McDonough County. Seeing only 22 in the McDonough County count is significantly below the average.
Moorehouse explains the drought for a couple of years made it difficult for plants to grow and feed the adult butterflies and left imperfect growing conditions for caterpillars.MORE NEWS: Lightfoot, CPD Announce Changes To Search Warrant Policies; Police To Begin Tracking Wrong Raids Resulting From Faulty Information