Today is an exciting day in the Library of Curiosities household. Though the past Spring and Summer season I was on the hunt. Loaded up with muddy buckets, dirty shovels, and nitrile gloves (all leaving their dusty mark on the floorboard of trusty rusty adventure mobile), I set out on a mission of collection. Verbena, […]

via Pollinator Palace – My Journey to Create a Monarch Waystation — Library of Curiosities

When monarch butterflies wing their way south to central Mexico each fall, they use the sun to ensure that they stay on course. But how they head in the right direction on cloudy days has been a mystery—until now. It turns out they use Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of backup navigational system. It’s […]

via Monarch Butterflies travel by the Sun and Compass. — THE OLD GUV LEGENDS

This video says about itself: Thursday, 30 January 2020 Missing Mexican butterfly conservationist found dead MEXICO CITY — The body of a Mexican conservationist devoted to the protection of the monarch butterfly in Mexico was found on Wednesday, two weeks after he went missing, the authorities said. Homero Gómez González managed a butterfly sanctuary in […]

via Logging corporations murder Mexican monarch butterfly conservationists — Dear Kitty. Some blog

Xerces Society News Release Population has not rebounded from all-time low. We must take action now to save the western monarch migration. The Xerces Society today announced that the number of monarch butterflies overwintering in California remains at critical levels for the second year. The monarch population during the 2018–19 winter was an all-time low. […]

via Monarch Population Remains At All-time Low — Natural History Wanderings

Danaus chrysippus orientis The African Monarch is one of our most commonly seen butterflies, flying throughout the year and occurring in every corner of our country. Furthermore they’re widespread over the rest of Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, large tracts of Asia and Australia, where they are known as the “Plain Tiger”. These butterflies prefer […]

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NPR reports a study shows that Monarch butterflies bred in captivity had trouble migrating the breeder’s butterflies had rounder, smaller top wings – similar to nonmigratory butterflies. When they were put in a flight simulator, they did not orient south, unlike the wild North American butterflies they’d been raised alongside. The captive-bred butterflies, the scientists […]

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