Monarch Tagged With Dr. Lincoln Brower in 2011 Texas Drought Recovered at El Rosario

Are these insects resilient or what? A Monarch tagged with Dr. Lincoln Brower in the drought of 2011 in the Texas Hill Country was recently recovered in Michoacan and reported to Monarch Watch.… Read More

Persnickety Texas Milkweeds "May not Lend Themselves to Mass Seed Production"

Native American Seed Company is on a mission to restore the earth, one native seed at a time. The 300-acre spread about 115 miles west of San Antonio on the banks of the Llano River just northeast of Junction, Texas, boasts 75 … Read More

How to Get Texas Native Milkweed Seeds to Germinate

Our friends at Native American Seed have been working for years on the best way to get persnickety Texas native milkweed seeds to germinate.   “Native milkweeds simply don’t do well in containers,” said George Cates, seed wrangler at the … Read More

First Frost Often Means the End for Late Season Caterpillars, and a Next Chapter for the Intriguing Frostweed Wildflower

First frost often means the end of the season for butterflies, and a new beginning for butterfly magnet plant, Frostweed, which forms intriguing ice sculputres. And: should you bring a late season caterpillar inside? Hmmm.… Read More

Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival in Fredericksburg to Celebrate Butterflies, Bats and Birds this Weekend

Fiesta fatigue? Do like me and head for the hills–the Wings Over the Hills Nature Festival, that is. It takes place in Fredericksburg this weekend. I’ll be talking Monarch butterflies, but there will be bats, birds, dragonflies, a raptor show and star party. Hope to see you there.… Read More

State of the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Two Minutes: Thank you, Mike Quinn of Texas MonarchWatch

Austin entomologist Mike Quinn of Texas MonarchWatch succinctly summarizes the impact of the Texas drought on the Monarch butterfly migration for KXAN TV news in Austin.… Read More

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