While I fully support Charleston's creation of butterfly habitats we have to be aware of two major impediments to their success.
The first started with the introduction of Monsanto's (now owned by Bayer) GMO soy and corn seeds in the 1996 to 1999 period that were matched up with the high intensity use of Roundup.
This led to further destruction of all milkweed plants vital to sustaining butterfly populations. Now that weeds have developed evolutionary responses to Roundup, the more poisonous Dicamba has been added to the mix.
The second problem is the concept of weed free lawns. People now are convinced that all lawns should be weed free and that is also done through the high intensity spraying of poisons throughout our area to produce lawns that look like putting greens on golf courses.
Having maintained nine large butterfly plants since the early 1990s, I can attest to the almost complete eradication of butterfly populations. Where once we had 100s of monarchs utilizing the blooms it has slowly dwindled to nearly no monarchs. This, also, is a warning to all other living things.
Joe Heumann, Charleston