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Gardeners can help protect butterfly populations

Bees aren't the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too.

"But the situation isn't hopeless," says Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, in Portland, Oregon. "Anybody — gardeners or butterfly lovers — can make an oasis in their landscape for these important animals. It doesn't matter if you have a tiny lot or a farmyard. A little effort can help a lot."

Besides their beauty, butterflies and moths play a significant role in the pollination of flowering plants, 80 percent of which...

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