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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

No Monarchs?

no-monarchs200.jpgMLMP volunteers all over the U.S. and Canada are seeing very few, if any, monarch adults, eggs, or caterpillars this summer. We knew that the numbers would be low because the overwintering population last winter was so small, but it's very discouraging to monitor when you aren't finding monarchs.

We hope that you're still seeing interesting things in your milkweed patches, and that you realize how valuable your data are. We need to document this very small population so that we can understand how monarchs rebuild their numbers, and what we can do to support them. Please be sure to report your data!
Karen Oberhauser
University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Photo: In a good monarch year, you'll see many fifth instar monarchs feeding in your milkweed patch. Photo by MLMP volunteer Denny Brooks.

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