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Despite thousands of Monarch butterflies seen clustering on euclyptus trees at Ardenwood Historic Farms in Fremont California, entomologist claim the population is declining.  Biologists and entomologists debate the reasons for the insects' decline, but suggest theoretical culprits include summer drought, indiscriminate use of pesticides, invasive parasites and habitat degradation. Most devastating is the loss of milkweed in the landscape. Milkweed is the host plant that monarchs must have to deposit their eggs on, and subsequently, it is only the milkweed plant that provides a food source for the newborn larvae (caterpillars)...