- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

DUNNELLON, Fla. (AP) - A Citrus County butterfly farm is working to bolster the monarch butterfly population.

The Citrus County Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1eb9kNb ) reports that the ButterflyWorkx farm in Dunnellon has produced more than 2,000 colorful monarchs from a group of 10 original butterflies.

The farm’s owner tells the newspaper that monarch butterflies are threatened by loss of habitat, pesticides and insecticides. He works to create ideal conditions for the monarchs to reproduce.

The farm also breeds exotic butterfly species like malachites, which are typically found in Central and South America.

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Information from: Citrus County Chronicle (Crystal River, Fla.), https://www.chronicle-online.com


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