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Posts Tagged: monarch butterflies

To Kill a Honey Bee

Honey bee (at right) perished when her foot got caught in the pollinia and she was unable to free herself. At left is a foraging bee. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How times change with the advancement of knowledge. It's long been known that when honey bees—as well as other insects—get trapped in the milkweed's pollinia, or sticky mass of pollen, many perish when they are unable to free...

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 5:04 PM

Sharing the Bounty with the Bees

A male leafcutter bee, Megachile sp., in flight, heading toward the milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Move over, monarchs. Bees--and other pollinators--gravitate toward the enticing aroma of the milkweed, too. The milkweed is widely known as the larval host plant of the monarch butterflies--and a nectar source for the adults--but they have to...

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Christine Merlin: Why Those Monarchs Migrate When They Do

Texas A&M University biologist Christine Merlin examines a monarch. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University)

(Editor's Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Christine Merlin cancelled this seminar but it will be rescheduled sometime next year.) From her post at Texas A&M University, located at College Station, 90 miles northwest of Houston, Christine...

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 3:54 PM

The Bad News About the Monarch Population

A monarch butterfly nectaring on a butterfly bush in Sacramento. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Good news: The first day of spring. Bad news: The future of the Eastern, migratory population of the monarch butterflies. Research published today in Scientific Reports indicates there's a "quasi-extinction risk" for the Eastern, migratory...

Posted on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM

How Many Overwintering Monarchs in California?

Monarch butterfly feeding on milkweed. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

There's good news and not-so-good news about the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count in California. Last December the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation released preliminary figures. Now they've announced the final tally: almost 272,000...

Posted on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 5:52 PM

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