Narrowing Focus

The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)¬†population on the Mexican Monarch Reserve where they overwinter is the lowest since annual surveys began back in 1993. The oyamel fir forests provide a warm winter home for the monarchs, known for their great migration across North America. The population is down 59% from two years ago. In 1996, monarchs…

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Milkweed Moment

Anyone who has driven the long roads of the United States highway system has seen the variation possible along the roadside – trees, flowers, invasive plants. Everything from managed forests to clipped lawns line the massive acreage of the transportation system that is lost to farming or other development. With the expansion of land that…

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Pollinarium Paddles

These images are of pollinaria, the strange and wonderful fertilization¬†saddlebags of the milkweed, among other flowering plants. A pollinating insect, a monarch butterfly for example, stands atop the milkweed flowerhead. Usually there would be a layer of pollen dust waiting to catch a ride, but in this case, a wee pollinarium detaches from the flower…

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