Posts Tagged ‘monarch butterflies’
When will the Monarch’s be back and laying eggs?
One of the most frequent questions we get at the Nature Center is “When will we see Monarchs again?” Today, we will answer that question in the classic nature fashion of guesstimates. When monarchs migrate to Mexico in the fall, the butterflies that make it are a super generation that will live up to eight Read More »Read More
Why do monarchs overwinter in Mexico?
Most people familiar with monarch butterflies know that they migrate to central Mexico to overwinter. You can read in-depth how monarchs find their way here, but in general, they use their circadian rhythm to orient themselves with the direction of the sun and also use the earth’s magnetic field to fly toward the equator. However, Read More »Read More
10 monarch butterfly questions answered
We get a lot of questions at the Dickinson County Nature Center, and a lot of them have to do with butterflies and bees. Let’s take a look at some of our most commonly asked questions about monarch butterflies. How long do monarch butterflies live? A monarch is in the egg stage for three-five days, Read More »Read More
2019-20 Monarch overwintering numbers released
Each winter, pollinator enthusiasts anxiously await monarch population numbers as eastern populations overwinter in the forests of Mexico. This winter, we have some less than ideal news as monarch overwintering numbers dropped by more than 50 percent from the 2018-19 season — going from 6.05 hectares of overwintering area covered last year to 2.83 hectares Read More »Read More
Native Iowa Butterflies and Moths: Monarchs and other brush-footed butterflies
Last fall, when black and orange butterflies were fluttering all around the area, many people were so excited to see the masses of monarchs in their yards. However, the butterflies weren’t actually monarchs. They were painted ladies. We may think we know all there is to know about monarch butterflies, but sometimes we have more Read More »Read More