blazing star wrote:Unlike you, I need scientific evidence from which to form my conclusions, i.e. what percentage of monarchs lay eggs in crop margins, do the larvae live or do they die from pesticide spraying and mowing, etc. I never said monarchs don't breed successfully in margins of crops. What I said is that your posts do not contain evidence of this. Not one.
In my very first post in this thread I wrote:
The margins of the GM crops are not sprayed with herbicides so milkweed and wildflowers are rather plentiful although in variable stages of development due to occasional mowing.
At first glance these crop margins look industrialized and not promising for monarchs:
But as you look more closely you can see there is milkweed and wildflowers and if you walk through the milkweed between 9:30-11:30 am in the morning, you will occasionally encounter a newly emerged monarch that has soft wings and can barely fly if disturbed like this one:http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/260thb.jpg
Supporting video showing 2 more newly emerged monarchs at this same spot:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8d8abPhdly0
Here's another landscape view further down this same farm road that at first glance didn't look like it could ever be good breeding or nectaring habitat for monarchs:http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/260thc.jpg
But once again upon closer inspection, another newly emerged monarch popped up into flight and landed on a flower growing next to a sign that said "Roundup Ready" soybeans:http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu87/4ALC/260thd.jpg
Supporting video of that same newly emerged butterfly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6wnMVo0bdc
And the next day when I stopped at another milkweed patch next to a field of Roundup Ready soybeans I saw this newly emerged butterfly that could only fly briefly and it landed right next to the Roundup Ready sign: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXkrf7eZw5k&NR=1
There is no doubt in my mind that if midwestern farmers ever decided to get rid of all the milkweed along their GMO crop margins, monarch enthusiasts would use my photos and videos as evidence monarchs do breed successfully in large numbers along these margins and therefore the milkweed growing next to these GMO crops should be preserved.