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Posts Tagged: Danaus plexippus

Monarchs 'n Milkweed

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a zinnia. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Monarchs and milkweed are in the news again. As well they should be. The declining monarch population, coupled with the decreasing scarcity of their host plant, the milkweed, is disturbing. The larvae of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feed...

Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?

Monarch butterfly nectaring on lantana on Oct. 27, 2013 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

As the world mourned the Jan. 27th death of 94-year-old folk singer Pete Seeger and hummed his signature song, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?", the question has now turned to: "Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?" The monarch butterfly (Danaus...

Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Saving the Monarchs

A monarch butterfly on lantana last week in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you think people don't care about monarch butterflies, think again. A recent survey published in Conservation Letters showed that Americans are willing to spend at least $4.78 billion to help conserve monarchs (Danaus plexippus), one of the most...

Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 10:23 PM

The Monarch and the Mantis

A praying mantis leaps at a fluttering butterfly. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

It happened so quickly. The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) fluttered to the lantana for a sip of nectar when the unexpected happened. A praying mantis, lying in wait, leaped high and grabbed it by its wings. Unable to fly, the monarch struggled...

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 9:53 PM

The Monarch and the Bee

Monarch butterfly watches as a honey bee crawls up a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

The mighty Monarch butterfly and the industrious honey bee.How rare we see them together on the same flower.But that was the case last Friday at the Häagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden planted next to the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr....

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 8:46 PM

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