Monarchs, Milkweed and Art

Milkweed Dispersal Ballon

Milkweed Dispersal Ballon
Artist; Jenny Kendler

The Monarch Butterfly population has declined over the last decade due to a variety of factors. One factor is the decline of milkweed populations due to changes in agricultural practices.  Butterfly conservationists propose to increase the milkweed population in our managed roadways, suburban and urban landscapes as a way to compensate for the loss of milkweed in fields planted to agricultural crops.  How can dispersal of seeds and creating milkweed habitat in otherwise mowed lawns be promoted?

Artist Jenny Kendler has created an exhibit called Milkweed Dispersal Balloons and Rewilding New York. Her program uses art and performance to educate the public about food for Monarch Butterflies. Kendler has created Milkweed Dispersal Balloons, a biodegradeable balloon with milkweed seeds inside. When the balloons are popped, the milkweed seeds are dispersed. The balloons are distributed to the audience to take home and widely distribute milkweed seeds to be released in areas where people will allow them to germinate, grow and thrive.

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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