The monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, is the most iconic and well-loved species of insect in North America. Observing monarchs in all stages from eggs to adults provide a popular means for connecting people to the natural world and a subject of wonder as the adults migrate in the fall from southern Canada to Mexico, and then return the following spring after undergoing several generations. The realization that monarchs are successfully using islands in the Great Lakes as part of their overall population dynamics has resulted in researchers and citizen scientists attempting to plot interisland movement of migrating monarch both in the fall and spring. It is common for people around the Great Lakes, and elsewhere, to elevate monarchs to a spiritual level once they learn more the biology of this amazing insect.
Monarch butterflies of the Great Lakes Regions - Spirits on the Wing
February 2, 2023
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm