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Monday, July 30, 2012

Citizen scientists at work

Ohio-students-searching-for-milkweed.jpg.JPGGoing out to the milkweed plot with my students is like going on a treasure hunt. The search is never the same from week to week and there are other inhabitants on the milkweed plants along with the inhabitants on the marsh next to the study area. Once you find monarch eggs, when you return a week later there are small caterpillars and by the next week the caterpillars are gone from the milkweed, hidden nearby as they change from caterpillar to butterfly. Another week and you may see an adult female landing on the milkweed searching for the ideal plant where she will lay her eggs, starting a new generation.

Deb Marcinski

Adult research team member
Naturalist, North Chagrin Nature Center
Willoughby Hills, OH

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