monarch monitoring has begun

Last week was my first week of participating in Monarch (Danaus plexippus) monitoring for the Canadian Wildlife Service!

The only monarch related find was a singular monarch egg, found on the underside of a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) leaf which is featured in the main photo of this article. In the coming weeks of participating in monarch monitoring, there will be more finds of various stages of the monarch butterfly development.

Monarch monitoring includes documenting the species and abundance of milkweed plants, and locating and identifying the different life stages of monarch from egg to the first through fifth instar to the pupa to the butterfly stage.

Candid photo of the CWS team searching for milkweed species in randomly selected quadrats. 

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