Monarch Butterfly

New IDOT Mowing Approach to Help Protect Monarch Butterfly, Pollinator Populations in Illinois

Encouraging growth to aid at-risk species, including official state insect

To help revive the shrinking populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, the Illinois Department of Transportation is adjusting its mowing routine along state highways this spring and summer. The approach, part of IDOT’s overall effort to encourage green and sustainable practices in all its programs and projects, will help to re-establish types of plants that are food sources for bees, butterflies and other insects that are native to Illinois.

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