By Allen Lawrance, Associate Curator of Entomology There are a few simple things that anyone can do if they have garden or even a porch at home. Provide nectar resources […]
A few Chicago monarchs in research study due at Day of the Dead this week in Mexico. Their journey is precarious. It requires evading predators; enduring severe weather and food shortages; and crossing nearly 3,000 miles, one flutter after another. Yet they persist.
Happy #LearnAboutButterfliesDay, everyone! Although every day is Learn About Butterflies Day at the Nature Museum, we thought we would showcase something you don’t get to see very often — the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly!
The Judy Istock Butterfly Haven is a great place to learn about all types of exotic butterflies and moths (especially on a cold, snowy day like today!), but what about our native butterflies? Check out this video to all about one of our native species.
If you love pollinators as much as we do, you’re probably aware of the recent population decline of many pollinator species. The fact that 75% of our food is made possible because of pollination from butterflies, bees and other species has made this problem an international priority.
Here are six common species of butterflies you’re likely to find around the Nature Museum and in your neck of the woods.
Bees are vital pollinators. They are responsible for as much as $5.2 billion of agriculture production in the US alone, and 75% of all the food we eat benefits from pollination. Seeing them in your garden means that they recognize your plants as a food source, and it means that you’re doing your part to help pollinators.