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New Monarch Watch Citizen Scientist Project

31 March 2017 | Author: Jim

Monarch Watch is seeking the immediate assistance of hundreds of monarch enthusiasts (citizen scientists) in collecting observations of monarchs in their area during the spring and fall. This project is an attempt to assemble quantitative data on monarch numbers at ...

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Monarch Caterpillar Dorsal Aorta (video)

29 March 2011 | Author: Chip Taylor

serendipity [ser-uhn-dip-i-tee] -noun. 1. an aptitude for making unexpected and fortunate discoveries Occasionally, there is a little serendipity in the lab. One Friday, a few weeks ago, I noticed an unusual larva, a fourth instar of a "black" larval mutation we are ...

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Mead’s Milkweed and Monarchs

20 January 2011 | Author: Chip Taylor

From time to time the question arises as to whether monarchs can and do use all species of milkweeds in the genus Asclepias or whether there are some that are too toxic or have so much latex that larvae are ...

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Black Dots on Monarch Pupae

12 August 2009 | Author: Jim Lovett

Ann made an interesting observation in the lab this week concerning the black dots that appear close to the cremaster on a monarch pupa. The cremaster is the black "stalk" that attaches to the silk pad spun by the caterpillar ...

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