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Iowa State University researcher helps to forecast the chances of monarch butterfly survival

March 31, 2016

monarch butterflyEastern monarch butterflies in North America may face quasi-extinction in the next 20 years unless something is done to expand their population capacity, according to an Iowa State University researcher. The eastern migratory monarch population declined 84 percent between 1996 and 2014... Read more about Iowa State University researcher helps to forecast the chances of monarch butterfly survival

Milkweeds for the Home Landscape

February 18, 2016

Staff photoWould you like to attract bees and butterflies to your landscape? Richard Jauron, horticulturalist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, explains that common milkweed and other species may be too vigorous and weedy for beds and borders. See his suggestions for other milkweed varieties... Read more about Milkweeds for the Home Landscape

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium

April 22, 2015

Monarch larvae feed exclusively on milkweeds

By Bob Hartzler, Department of Agronomy, Sue Blodgett and Steven Bradbury, Department of Entomology, and Richard Hellmich, USDA-ARS.

Photo. Monarch larvae feed exclusively on milkweeds
The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium was established in February 2015 through the efforts of numerous Iowa farmer, livestock producer, commodity and conservation organizations; Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. View full article

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Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium Announced

March 19, 2015

Milkweed seedling growing in a greenhouse at Iowa State UniversityAMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort.

The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, will take a science-based approach to enhancing monarch butterfly reproduction and assist community-led implementation efforts... Read more about Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium Announced

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