Monarch Butterfly News: June 19, 2014
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Students Find Monarch Larva in Milkweed Patch
Kindergarten Scientists
Jenny Eckman
News: Still Waiting in the Northeast
Monarchs flooded into the north central region of their breeding range almost 4 weeks ago. Meanwhile, people in the northeast are still waiting for monarchs to arrive.

Gap in the Map
The egg map reveals the shortage of monarchs in the northeastern end of the range, where not a single egg has been reported yet.

It's not uncommon for monarchs to arrive much later in this region. In fact, they are often not detectable until July when the 2nd generation is on the wing. The late arrival means monarchs can complete fewer generations during the summer breeding season. This is one reason the northeast is typically a less productive region.

Concentrated in Corn Belt
The egg map shows breeding is concentrated in the Corn Belt now. In the fall, 50% of the monarchs that make it to Mexico typically come from that region. This is why agricultural practices in the Corn Belt raise such concern. Habitat loss on the principal monarch breeding grounds is now considered the main threat to the population.

Monarch Butterfly Egg on Milkweed Bud
Frank Hood
Map: First Monarch Eggs
No Eggs Yet

Spotlight: Students in Action
Children concerned about monarch conservation are taking action and inspiring others.

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