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August 17, 2021
The monarch butterfly population has been in decline in recent decades, but Nevada’s Lincolnway Energy is one of the organizations across the state of Iowa that are increasing the pollinators’ habitat.
July 28, 2021
A research publication by a recent Iowa State University graduate, Niranjana Krishnan, in toxicology has won recognition as the best article of 2020 in the journal “Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.”
June 27, 2021
by Lynne Campbell, Education Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development                                    ...
June 26, 2021
HabiTally enables farmers, ranchers, landowners, and private citizens to support monarch recovery by entering data about monarch habitat conservation efforts on their farms or yards or even in locations where groups may create new habitats like churches or parks. Monarch butterflies face many...
June 25, 2021
A recently published financial analysis examines the financial implications for landowners and managers considering converting lawns to pollinator habitats in rural landscapes. The study published this month in the online peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management,...
June 24, 2021
by Dr. Niranjana Krishnan, Assistant Research Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology The question posed in the title of this blog formed the basis of my Ph.D. work at Iowa State University. Why is it important to know if exposure to insecticides can impact the...
June 23, 2021
By Dr. Kelsey E. Fisher, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Entomology Monarchs are a charismatic species for multiple reasons: 1) they have bright, obvious coloration as caterpillars and as butterflies that warn predators to stay away, 2) their impressive multi-generational...
June 22, 2021
By Alex Mullins, Biologist on an Ecological Risk Assessment team at Bayer Crop Science The fascinating relationship between the monarch butterfly and its obligate host plant species, milkweed (Asclepias) has long drawn attention from scientists and the public alike. As the obligate host...
June 21, 2021
By Dr. John M. Pleasants, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology       overwintering monarch butterflies in Mexico The location of the overwintering sites for monarch butterflies wasn’t known to the scientific...
May 17, 2021
New research on monarchs by Iowa State University scientists offers important insights to those trying to boost populations by planting habitat close to corn and soybean fields.
February 26, 2021
AMES, Iowa — The World Wildlife Fund, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve released its 2020-2021 overwintering monarch population report on February 25, 2021. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately five acres of forest canopy in...
December 15, 2020
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced on December 15th that adding the monarch butterfly to the list of threatened and endangered species is warranted, but precluded by work on higher-priority listing actions. With this decision, the monarch becomes a candidate for listing under the...
December 03, 2020
AMES, Iowa – On December 15th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will release the decision on whether or not the monarch butterfly becomes listed under the Endangered Species Act. The USFWS received a petition in 2014 from several organizations requesting the monarch butterfly be protected...
September 03, 2020
A recently published analysis of data on tagged monarch butterflies migrating from the United States to Mexico emphasizes the importance of creating new habitat to ensure the future of the species’ iconic migratory pattern. Read the full story.
June 11, 2020
Among the most simple and effective measures farmers and landowners can take to conserve monarch butterfly populations is to follow best practices for mowing. When establishing habitat, or conducting management activities to keep the site healthy, mowing can be an important tool. Once habitat is...
April 04, 2020
When most people hear “butterfly,” images of the beloved orange-and-black monarch (Danaus plexippus) spring to mind. But that iconic fluttering insect has a problem: Its overwintering numbers have plummeted since the 1990s—a situation so serious that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is slated to...
March 14, 2020
AMES, Iowa — The World Wildlife Fund and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) released its 2019-2020 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately seven acres of forest canopy in Mexico, less than half the area of last year’s...
March 10, 2020
Looking to gain laboratory research experience? In this role, you will assist members of the Iowa State University/USDA Agricultural Research Service monarch research team with the daily care of milkweed species and native nectar plants, rearing monarch butterflies through their entire...
February 25, 2020
Cost-effective methods to establish and maintain monarch habitat The eastern population of monarch butterflies has declined significantly over the past 20 years. Iowa is in the heart of the summer breeding range for this iconic insect. To support monarch butterfly conservation in Iowa...
January 28, 2020
Congrats to a team alum, Cody Acevedo, on his recent George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service award! Acevedo, a senior in animal ecology, is featured in the January 2020 issue of STORIES magazine. He participated in the IINSPIRE LSAMP program funded by NSF in...
January 25, 2020
Ryan Pate is a research assistant for the Iowa State University monarch butterfly research team. She also works with the ISU Insect Zoo to provide educational outreach for schools and community groups. She is a senior in animal ecology and she has worked with the ISU monarch team in the lab...
December 18, 2019
Alex Mullins is a graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University. Mullins completed a B.S. in wildlife biology at Adams State University and his current research aims to understand the distance at which monarch butterflies can detect nectar resources....

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