Monarchs and Others

    

I Remember the MONARCH     

monarchcocoonA WONDER OF NATURE:

The AMAZING Monarch!

      The Amazing Monarch

“The Amazing Monarch” tracks the monarch’s migration and interesting life spans. Amazingly, this migration only takes place every three to five generations, but somehow, by the last week of October, they arrive at the same small groups of oyamel fir trees their ancestors populated the year before. The handful of roosting sites, located at about 10,000 feet altitude, each may contain 20 to 30 million monarchs in a single site only a few acres in size.After their stay in Mexico, it is crucial to head north to get back to Texas and Louisiana and specific types of milkweeds to lay their eggs during a critical three-week period. If the monarchs reach their destination too early, frost on the milkweed could kill the eggs. A late arrival may mean the milkweed is no longer succulent. Returning from Mexico, the fourth or fifth generations will now have lived nine months, and before dying, will lay eggs during the last two weeks of March. A female will lay 400 to 500 eggs during her lifetime, and primarily on only one type of milkweed plant, but only a small percentage of eggs will actually survive to become adult butterflies. The offspring of the first generation travel on to Kansas and Tennessee during April where the female will again lay her eggs and die, after having lived only 45 to 60 days.

stages of monarchplant and monarch

The process continues to South Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin in May and the Great Lakes and Canada region in June. But the fourth or fifth generation will not breed, lay eggs, or die; instead, they head south in the late summer. Granted almost unprecedented access by Mexican wildlife officials, Turley photographed the insects in their natural habitats at their sanctuaries in Los Saucos near Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico and at the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary near Mineral de Anganguo, State of Michoacan—areas unknown to outsiders until 1975.

The California Drought Could Offer Help for the Monarch

Will Our Efforts to Save the Monarch be Enough?

Food Crisis for the Monarchs

Save the MonarchYou can “Save the Monarch Butterfly” From the #1 Best selling author of “Bless the Bees” comes the definitive solution for saving the beautiful Monarch Butterfly from extinction. Be a part of the solution The beautiful, stained glass wings of the Monarch butterfly used to be a frequent sight in North America. Now, unfortunately this majestic creature is threatened with extinction due to environmentally non-friendly agricultural practices which have all but destroyed the breeding grounds in the route of its fantastic 3,000 mile migration route. Learn the simple ways you can help save the Monarch from extinction, while at the same time learning how to save mankind. The Monarch Butterfly can’t speak for itself, but it is trying to tell us something The Monarch is an indicator species. Endangerment of an indicator species is an indication of something terribly wrong in our environment. Scientists say that we are on the verge of a Sixth Mass Extinction. The last mass extinction was 65 million years ago, with the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Saving the Monarch is saving ourselves The same things which threaten their existence; habitat destruction, pesticide contamination, climate change and lack of biodiversity, are the same things that threaten our own. Learn simple ways to help save the world as we know it. Here’s what others are saying I like this book; it’s condensed, and quickly and easily identifies the problem areas and points out what must be done if we are to be saved.

Monarchs in a changing world*** Monarch butterflies are among the most popular insect species in the world and are an icon for conservation groups & environmental education programs. Monarch caterpillars & adults are easily recognizable as welcome visitors to gardens in North America and beyond, and their spectacular migration in eastern North America (from breeding locations in Canada and the United States to overwintering sites in Mexico) has captured the imagination of the public.
Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly
summarizes work that reinforces, extends, and ameliorates our understanding of the biology of the monarch butterfly, with a particular focus on key research, conservation, and outreach efforts that aim to preserve this species, its range and habitats, and its awe-inspiring long-distance migration in eastern North America. This book presents a variety of interesting and thought-provoking topics to readers. They range from studies on the population dynamics and ecology of monarchs in different areas around the globe to current and ongoing conservation and management efforts that span personal, local, state, national, and international boundaries.

The Enlarged and Updated Second Edition of Milkweed Monarchs and More: A Field Guide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch:

Milkweeds Monarchs and MoreMilkweed, Monarchs and More, The Enlarged and Updated Second Edition, A Field Gide to the Invertebrate Community in the Milkweed Patch, was created to be a field guide and provide basic background information for volunteers in the citizen science Monarch Larva Monitoring Project, as well as monarch enthusiasts and classrooms involved in monarch studies. It covers the diverse natural community thrives in the milkweed growing along our highways and woodland edges; in our open fields, fragmented prairies and vacant lots; and in our lovingly tended gardens. Several kinds of insects depend on milkweed as a food source. The best known of these are the monarch butterflies whose late summer generation graduates from milkweed nurseries all over North America to join in an impressive migration.  

One of nature’s most perfect relationships:

Monarch and milkweed“Monarch and Milkweed”

Beautifully illustrated.  Every spring the monarch butterfly migrates thousands of miles in search of the ideal milkweed plant. When she finds it, she lays her eggs on the plant, so when each egg hatches, the baby caterpillar can feed on the milkweed leaves. The milkweed plant then provides the perfect protection as the caterpillar turns into one of nature’s wonders, a chrysalis, before transforming into an even greater wonder: a monarch butterfly. And once the newborn butterfly soars away, the milkweed seeds fly away on the wind and start this cycle over again.   

 

Food Crisis for the Monarchs!

Will Our Efforts To Save The Monarchs Be Enough?

 

More for kids:

How to Raise ButterfliesObserving a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies is made easy with the help of this detailed guide.
“How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats Monarchs face today and how readers can help conserve the Monarch’s feeding grounds from encroachment.

 

Hurry Monarch“Hurry and the Monarch” - When the beautiful orange Monarch on her fall migration route from Canada to Mexico stops to rest at Wichita Falls, Texas, she makes friends with an old tortoise called Hurry. She tells him, “Maybe one day you’ll break out of that shell, grow wings, & fly away,” & then she is off again with millions of other Monarchs. In the spring, she stops again at Hurry’s garden just long enough to lay her eggs & head north to Canada. Embedded in this lyrical & tender fictional presentation are the fascinating facts about the amazing 2,000-mile migration & the life cycle of butterflies.

Great Migrations“National Geographic Readers: Great Migrations Butterflies”

The monarch butterfly, one of the most seemingly delicate of all of nature’s animals, proves to be one of the toughest in this reader. Making the yearly trip from the Northern U.S & Canada to the Oyamel forest of Mexico is no easy task, & it takes five generations of butterflies in order to do so. Battling cold temperatures & the threat of starvation, these beautiful insects complete an almost 3,000 mile journey over of two months, only to have to turn & around & head back home.

 

Monarch Magic“Monarch Magic! Butterfly Activities & Nature Discoveries” Paperback

Stunning photos take children inside the chrysalis right through the process of emerging as a majestic monarch. Children learn by doing as they raise and release butterflies, chart the monarch’s migration across North America, and create their own wing symmetry. Over 40 butterfly activities.

 

   Monarch Butterfly
“Monarch Butterfly”

Young naturalists will be captivated by this succinctly written, well-organized, brightly illustrated introduction to monarch butterflies. Focusing on a single monarch, the text describes each stage of its metamorphosis, basic physical & behavioral characteristics, diet, and migratory instincts. It then discusses the migration patterns of the species in general, mentions the celebrations held in their honor along the migration route, and ends with simple instructions for raising a butterfly in a jar.  Delightful visuals. 

Catpillar to Butterfly Caterpillar to Butterfly”

This Level 1 Reader gives kids an up-close look at exactly how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. With bonus information including different types of butterflies and poisonous caterpillars, this reader is one of a kind.  This high-interest, educationally vetted series of beginning readers features the magnificent images of National Geographic, accompanied by texts written by experienced, skilled children’s book authors.

 

 

Life cycles of Butterflies“The Life Cycles of Butterflies: From Egg to Maturity, a Visual Guide to 23 Common Garden Butterflies”
…this book is a treasure chest of amazing butterfly transformations. You’re invited to experience the life cycles of common backyard butterflies in this unique collection of hundreds of stunning, full-color, up-close photos, all taken in a garden setting. Each butterfly is shown from start to maturity, with sequential photographs of the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and emerging butterfly.

 

 


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