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Posts Tagged: migratory monarchs

Migratory Monarchs Are on Their Way!

This 2016 tagged monarch butterfly flew 285 miles in 7 days from Ashland, Ore. on Aug. 28 to Vacaville, Calif., on Sept. 5, or about 40.7 miles per day, according to WSU entomologist David James. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Migratory monarch alert! They're on their way.  Camera ready? Check. Notebook ready? Check! Entomologist David James of Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., who studies the migration routes and overwintering sites of the Pacific Northwest...

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 5:14 PM

A Look Back at 2016: Monarch Butterflies Reigned

This tagged butterfly, part of WSU entomologist David James' migratory research project, flew from Ashland, Ore. on Aug. 28 to Vacaville, Calif. on Sept. 5, or a distance of 285 miles in seven days, or about 40.7 miles a day.  It was reared and tagged by Steve Johnson of Ashland and was on its way to an overwintering site along coastal California. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What a marvelous year! Looking back at 2016, monarch butterflies reigned supreme--or at least they did in this Bug Squad blog! Finding--and photographing--a  tagged monarch butterfly (monarch@wsu.edu A6083) in our pollinator garden in Vacaville,...

Monarchs Lovin' the Lantana, One Sip at a Time

A monarch nectaring on Lantana on Oct. 23 in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

What amazing journeys! For the last two months, migratory monarch butterflies have regularly stopped for flight fuel in our 600-square-foot  pollinator garden in Vacaville, Calif. to nectar on Mexican sunflower (Tithonia), butterfly bush (Buddleia)...

Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 5:50 PM

Coming in on a Wing and a Prayer

A tattered monarch makes a refueling stop on a Tithonia in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

You've heard the expression, "On a wing and a prayer." It apparently originated during World War II. Remember the 1942 film,  "The Flying Tigers," starring John Wayne as Capt. Jim Gordon? John Wayne, aka Jim Gordon, asks a Rangoon hotel clerk...

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5:35 PM

The Monarch and the Mantis

A gravid praying mantis, her abdomen bloated, grabs a migrating monarch nectaring on a butterfly bush. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you're rearing monarchs or offering them a “way station” of nectar-producing flowers in your yard, there's one thing you don't want to see: A praying mantis nailing a monarch. That's when the "pollinator friendly garden" seems more like a...

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 5:00 PM
 
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