Category Archives: monarch

Milkweed and Butterflies

We live along a gravel road, and on both sides there is plenty of common milkweed. Common milkweed, like most milkweed species, can be quite fragrant at times and is attractive to many different pollinators.  I especially like it when … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Monarch

In the past, I have posted my opinion that monarch butterflies are one of the more difficult butterflies to photograph.  The key to great butterfly photography is to get the eyes in focus. Monarchs hide their eyes with little white … Continue reading

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San Diego Bugs

I recently spent a week in San Diego California for a course that was required as part of my work.  Since it was below freezing when I left, and snowed here in Iowa while I was gone,  I was sort … Continue reading

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Butterflies in the Apple Tree

I saw some butterflies in the apple tree tonight. These monarchs were trying to find a roost for the night.  As it was not yet dark, they were still quite easily spooked and flew off shortly after I photographed them. … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

Monarchs are back! They are showing up in pretty good numbers, also.  Concerns about the status of the monarch are well founded, but they are having a really good year this year. The other late season butterflies are having a … Continue reading

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More on Monarchs

Since around 30 percent of the monarch habitat has been destroyed by development, conversion to row crops, and herbicide resistant crop systems, other things that may have been minor threats to the monarchs become more important. Milkweeds that grow along … Continue reading

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Think about Monarch Butterflies when you watch the Super Bowl this weekend.

Dr. Chip Taylor at Monarch Watch has been tracking monarch butterfly populations for about the last 20 years.  Every year, monarchs from the part of North America that is east of the Rocky Mountains overwinter in a concentrated mass in … Continue reading

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Why Does Roadside Butterfly Habitat Matter?

Monarch butterfly numbers have taken a nosedive.  There were reports about this all summer, and a recent report over at the Texas Butterfly Ranch blog. The caterpillar host plants of monarchs are milkweeds of various species.  With the herbicide resistant … Continue reading

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The Viceroy

This is a viceroy, Limenitis archippus.  Biology classes often use it as an example of Mullerian mimicry.  In this type of mimicry, both species are distasteful to their potential predators.  It used to be used as an example of Batesian … Continue reading

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The Monarchs are Migrating

I have seen monarchs migrating and landing in trees in the last few days.  Not a lot, but they are flying south. I found this cluster a couple of years ago.  I haven’t seen any large clusters yet this year. … Continue reading

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