Monarchs in Summer 2015

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

Our 2015 Tippecanoe County Butterfly Encounter is less than a month away on Saturday, July 18. The overwintering Monarch population in Mexico is monitored closely. The winter of 2013-2014 was a record low population with Monarch coverage on only 0.67 hectares. This year 2014-2015, the overwintering population was almost double, at 1.13 hectares but still one of the lowest populations recorded. Will the population rebound? Overwintering conditions are good, but concerns about the reduction in the milkweed population in the Midwest are still of concern. We hope to see increased numbers of Monarchs at our Encounter this year.

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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