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Migrating Monarchs Lovin' the Tithonia

First in series of four photos: Two monarch butterflies meeting in a Tithonia patch in Vacaville, Calif. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Presidential candidate Herbert Hoover campaigned for "a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage." (Now we have free-range organic chicken on every barbecue grill, and as many as three fuel-efficient cars with sophisticated high-tech gadgets...

Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 4:24 PM

The Joy of Rearing Monarchs Is Releasing Them

This newly eclosed female monarch just wants to linger. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Oh, the joy of rearing monarchs...from an egg to a caterpillar to a chrysalis to an adult... However, the ultimate joy is not in rearing them, but releasing them--from their confined and well-protected indoor habitat to that Spectacular Spacious...

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 4:41 PM

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

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