Recent News

December 13, 2016

Illustration of monarch flight modelMembers of the Iowa State University monarch research team are using technology to enhance our understanding of the monarch butterfly, its behavior, and how Iowans can help the population recover...

December 8, 2016

The forecast turned cold this week, so it was all hands on deck to finish planting more than forty monarch habitat research sites across the state of Iowa!

November 11, 2016

photo of common milkweed seed podsEach autumn, after the monarch butterflies have departed for their migration south to Mexico, the pods of milkweed plants scattered across Iowa's landscape split open to reveal a bounty of seeds.

November 7, 2016

summer research internJoin the ISU Monarch Workgroup as an intern for 2017! Now hiring lab and field technician roles for monarch and milkweed research. Multiple positions available - apply now!

September 15, 2016

photo of monarch butterflyAs the days grow shorter and fall approaches, newly emerged monarch butterflies become restless. Learn more about the monarch "super generation" and its great migration - including a roosting spot in Cerro Gordo County - from the Iowa DNR.

Monarch Research

Read the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium's Strategic Goals.

Monarch SightingsMonarch Butterfly Migration Map

Click on the map right to see the progress of monarchs migrating north from Mexico.

Learning About Iowa Monarchs

We want our recommendations for monarch habitat improvement to be scientifically sound. Research projects in summer 2016 include:

- efforts to evaluate nine species of milkweed on plots at Iowa State University research farms
- a project to discover optimal monarch breeding, forage and roosting habitat characteristics in Iowa's patchy landscape and
- a survey of milkweed species and monarch occurrence, plant density, and population to establish baseline data.

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