Monarch Butterfly- A Species at Risk

October 21, 2014  |  Public Notices

Species at Risk Management Plan Consultation Notice

Monarch_In_May Did you know our community is home to the Monarch?  The Monarch is a large, distinctive butterfly with bright orange wings with black veins and edges with numerous white spots. The Monarch caterpillar can be recognized by its alternating yellow, black and white bands. Monarchs return to B.C. in the spring to breed.  Their caterpillars eat primarily milkweed leaves, flowers, and fruits.  The adults depend on the nectar from plants often found in people’s gardens, in grasslands, and alongside roads. The use of pesticides and herbicides is the main threat facing Monarchs in B.C

The proposed “Management Plan for the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) in Canada” was included on the Species at Risk Public Registry for a 60-day public comment period on October 9, 2014 and is available for public comment until December 8, 2014.

Environment Canada is consulting on a proposed Management Plan document for this species.  A Management Plan sets goals and objectives for maintaining sustainable population levels of one or more species that are particularly sensitive to environmental factors, but are not in danger of becoming extinct.  You can provide your comments on this document online at:

If you have seen this species and/or have the type of habitat described in your area you can contact Environment Canada to learn more.  Please send inquiries to:


Environment Canada

Canadian Wildlife Service