300 Million Monarch Butterflies Are Expected in Texas This Season — and Some Are Already in Dallas-Fort Worth

Texans who want to help the butterflies this spring can do so by planting milkweed

After spending the winter in Mexico, monarch butterflies are beginning to head north, and Texas could see a lot more of them this year than in the recent past.

Texas A&M University researcher Craig Wilson said the number of monarchs this year appears to be up by as much as 144 percent. So far, the figures — typically measured in hectares — show the most area covered since at least 2006, Wilson told the university.

The monarchs are breeding over about 6 hectares in northern Mexico, up from a record low of 0.65 hectares in 2013-14, according to Wilson.

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