Undercover in the milkweed

Tonight’s picture comes straight out the garden in the front yard, courtesy of our milkweed plant. Over the years it’s played host to a number of monarch caterpillars. Truth be told, I hadn’t seen a single one this year but honestly I’m not sure I looked a whole lot until this weekend. So imagine myContinue reading “Undercover in the milkweed”

Migration mapping

After last year’s chance meeting of a Monarch butterfly coming out of it’s cocoon on the milkweed plant by our front porch, anything on the Monarchs grabs my attention. This article, entitled “Researchers identify monarch butterfly birthplaces to help conserve species ” over at Phys.org is a great example. I know it’s still Winter butContinue reading “Migration mapping”

Dragonfly travels

I’ve always been amazed at how far Monarch Butterflies migrate but, now I’m just as impressed with how far the Pantala dragonfly travels. According to the article entitled “Tiny dragonfly species crushes long-distance migration record by riding high-altitude winds” by Michael Graham Richard  Over at the Mother Nature Network, it seems they travel over 4,4ooContinue reading “Dragonfly travels”

Monarchs and citizen science

When I came an opportunity for the family to do a little monarch tagging with Missouri Department of Conservation, I thought why not!? So weather permitting, we’re heading out to St. Charles to do a little Monarch Madness. It also doesn’t hurt that we have a Milkweed planted in our front yard and it’s beenContinue reading “Monarchs and citizen science”