Project Attributes:

Field of Study: Biology
Taxon: Invertebrate
Location: Wyoming - Statewide
Classroom Suitable: Mostly
Teaching Materials: Yes
Training Required: No

Monarchs and Milkweeds


Project Description:

Monarchs are some of the most charismatic and amazing butterflies in the world. With their distinctive coloring, long-distance migrations, and dependence on a specific group of plants - milkweeds, this species is a marvel and a delight. Similarly, milkweeds are a beloved plant of many gardeners and native plant enthusiasts. While they can get a bad reputation for being weedy and invasive, these plants provide critical habitat for monarch larvae and adults of many species. Many species are attractive and some have a lovely fragrance. Monarchs are some of the most charismatic and amazing butterflies in the world. With their distinctive coloring, long-distance migrations, and dependence on a specific group of plants - milkweeds, this species is a marvel and a delight. Similarly, milkweeds are a beloved plant of many gardeners and native plant enthusiasts. While they can get a bad reputation for being weedy and invasive, these plants provide critical habitat for monarch larvae and adults of many species. Many species are attractive and some have a lovely fragrance.

Research Question:

How and when do monarchs migrate through Wyoming? Do they reproduce here? What species of milkweeds occur in Wyoming and where are they located? How and when do monarchs migrate through Wyoming? Do they reproduce here? What species of milkweeds occur in Wyoming and where are they located?

Project Details:

Time Frame: Seasonal

Summer to early Fall

Time Commitment: Flexible

Project Contact Information:

Sponsoring Organization: UW Biodiveristy Institute, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database and The Nature Conservancy
Project Contact: Juliet Slutzker
Email: jslutzke@uwyo.edu
Phone Number: (307) 766-6240
Address:

Berry Center

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave.

820171