The monarch butterfly is very important within nature’s ecosystem. The monarch butterfly pollinates different types of flowers and vegetables. The monarch butterfly is a natural pesticide as it primarily eats insects that destroy plants. However, there are many different types of animals that prey upon monarch butterflies. Here is a quick list.
– ants, mantids, wasps, spiders, birds, lizards, mice, toads, and flies.
This list of animals is quite diverse. Nevertheless, Monsanto is looking for a way to preserve monarch butterflies. They are looking to create a pesticide that would kill all of those other animals, while making the monarch butterflies resistant to that pesticide. Basically, the GMO-resistant strains would be injected into the caterpillars in order to create GMO monarch butterflies within their cocoons.