Proposal to benefit monarch butterfly habitat introduced to lawmakers

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CHICAGO - Legislation that would create a specialty license plate to help generate money to benefit the state's monarch butterfly population has been introduced in the Illinois House and Senate.

The legislation is being backed by environmentalists and scientists, who are worried about recent drops in the state's monarch butterfly population.  Under the proposal, a new monarch butterfly license plate would be created and sold, with the proceeds going toward planting milkweed throughout the state.

Monarch butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed, which has become scarce in the Midwest.  The plant serves as the sole food source for the caterpillars, which later develop into the distinctive state insect.
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