Monarch and Related Websites
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Tips: When searching using the word "monarch,"
most search engines give lists of tens of thousands of links. Try using
its scientific name, Danaus plexippus, or other combinations of
words to narrow your search. Here are some of the best sites on the Internet.
Watch Home Page -
An educational outreach program at the University of Kansas, Monarch Watch
is a collaborative network of students, teachers, volunteers, and researchers
dedicated to the study of the Monarch butterfly. The site features information
on everything from raising Monarchs to migration patterns to conservation
issues. This is a comprehensive resource for anyone interested in Monarchs.
Monarch Watch - This Texas Parks & Wildlife web page has some
great information on Monarch migration as well as some specifics on the
migration through Texas.
North's Monarch Butterfly Site - This interactive site tracks the
migration of Monarchs and provides lots of facts about the species. Learn
how you can help track the Monarch migration by reporting sightings
in your area, and follow the Monarchs' progress on Journey North's weekly
migration map. Sightings are updated weekly during the fall and spring seasons.
Prairie Wildlife Research Center Monarch Page - Visit
this page for a brief overview of Monarch size, markings, migration and
breeding patterns, food sources, habitats, and range.
Butterflies of North America - Also from the Northern Prairie Wildlife
Research Center (see above), this valuable resource features a clickable
map of the United States that allows you to view distribution maps, photos
and species accounts for North American butterflies by state. Note:
to view distribution maps you must click on a species within a state.
Bios Butterfly Wing Patterns - This site is hosted by an insect lover
who is also an excellent photographer and web designer. The butterfly
wing patterns page offers some exquisite photographs of various species'
wings (including Monarchs'), along with extensive information on butterfly
and moth wings in general. You can also search the whole site (insects.org)
for information and photographs of other insects.
into Butterflies - For a more in-depth look at the biology
of butterflies, follow this link to a substantial excerpt from Getting
into Butterflies by L.J. Orsak, 1977.
Resources on Lepidoptera - This site, hosted by Chebucto Community
Net, a federally registered not-for-profit society based in Halifax, Nova
Scotia, Canada, features an extensive list of relevant links. Search alphabetically
or geographically--there are lots of links to local lepidoptera and butterfly
organizations around the world, along with a lepidoptera
image archive (click on thumbnails for larger images).
Monarch Butterfly USA.com - A colorful website with excellent photos and information.
do Butterflies Come From? - This site has instructions for a simple,
fun arts and crafts project that helps kids learn about the butterfly
Children's Butterfly Site - The
U.S. Geological Society created this site just for kids. There are printer-friendly
coloring pages of the butterfly life cycle, links to more butterfly-related
sites, and recommendations for books and videos suitable for young people.
USGS also provides Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Dutch translations
for many of their most popular pages.
Gardening with Butterflies
Backyard Wildlife Preserve - The San Diego Chapter of the California Native Plant Society collaborated with other groups to create an award-winning demonstration backyard native plant garden at the Del Mar Fair. Designed to attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife, these pages provide basic concepts, the garden plan, and a plant list.
Butterfly Zone - This site provides tips for both urban and rural
gardeners on plants that will attract butterflies in your area. Despite
the motto on its Butterfly
Guide page, "There is more to life than Monarchs," this
site does feature information on attracting Monarchs to your garden, along
with other popular butterflies. There are also gardening materials available
Home Page - The Los Angeles chapter of the North American Butterfly
Association hosts this site, which offers some great information on butterflies
in Southern California, including "hot spots" where you can
go butterflying and suggestions for L.A. butterfly gardeners. See the Gallery
of Southern California Butterflies for dozens of photos of butterflies
and their host plants throughout Southern California (click on the thumbnails
for larger images).
Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitats: Butterflies - This site offers
excellent, "beyond the basics" information on creating b
habitats in your garden, along with some great butterfly facts. Did you
know that there are butterflies whose wings span ten inches?
and their Larval Foodplants - While butterflies can be attracted to
your garden by certain types of flowers, it is also very important to
provide food for the larval (caterpillar) stage of development. This site
lists the larval foodplants for most of the butterfly species and was
created by Peter J. Bryant, a Professor in the Department of Developmental
Cell Biology at the University of Irvine. He has also posted some remarkable photographs
of Monarchs, among other species.
Society - "Butterflies
belong to the order Lepidoptera. The word 'Lepidoptera' is derived from
the Latin words lepido (meaning 'scale'), and ptera (meaning
'wings'). Thus, Lepidoptera literally means 'scale wings', referring to
the minute scale-like structures on the wings of both butterflies and
moths, which comprise this order" (from Getting
into Butterflies by L.J. Orsak, 1977). This international society
is devoted to the study and appreciation of the insect order Lepidoptera,
and their site features an excellent, extensive list
of related web resources.
of America - ESA is the self-proclaimed largest organization in the
world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and
people in related disciplines. Their site has information on the society,
an extensive abstract index, a kids' corner with activities for children,
and a good list of entomological links, including one for insect
zoos, museums, and butterfly gardens in North America.
The North American Butterfly
Association - NABA is a membership-based not-for-profit organization
working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.
Visit their site for membership information, NABA publications (including Butterfly Gardener), and an excellent Butterfly Q&A that answers
such stumpers as, "Do butterflies have a sense of smell?"
A Geographical Index - Visit this site for an extensive listing of
sites geared toward lepidopterists, entomologists, and plain old butterfly
lovers the world over. There are links to clubs and organizations in Africa,
Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle
East, and the U.S.
was compiled by Christian Manion, guest curator for the Monarca exhibition,
and SDNHM staff.
Annotated by Liza Blue.
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