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The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Biology & Research

Biology & Research

Learn more about the complex biology and natural history of monarchs, from identifying instars to following their migration patterns, and learn about what researchers are studying.

Education & Gardening

Education & Gardening

Monarchs and gardens can be useful educational tools in both formal classroom settings and informal learning environments. This page provides more information on Monarch Lab workshops, curriculum guides, and butterfly gardening.


Monarch Larva Monitoring Project

The MLMP is a program in which volunteer citizen scientists collect and report real scientific data on monarch egg and larval distribution and abundance from their monarch breeding habitat(s).


Monarch Store

A place to buy all of your monarch-related things! Shop for curriculum guides, monitoring supplies, other educational materials and more.

Welcome to the Monarch Lab's New Website!

The Monarch Lab aims to combine real science with techniques that work for both teachers and students. Within the Monarch Lab, there are opportunities for formal and informal educators to be guided in instructing their students to learn science in ways that reflect the science process methods scientists use to understand the natural world.

Latest News

Monarch Lab Annual Insect Fair Summary 2014

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 9:18 am

The 18th Annual Monarchs in the Classroom Insect Fair was held on December 6, 2014 at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota Campus. Two hundred ninety student participants exhibited 138 different projects at the fair. In addition to student participants, approximately 150 friends and family attended the Insect Fair, and over 50 volunteers, interviewers, and coordinators made sure that the event was fun for everyone! The projects ranged from scientific studies on monarch butterflies and other insects to the effect of optical illusions on vision, and all attendees, from student researchers to parents to U of M scientists, had the opportunity to explore the many questions that students asked and their varying approaches for answering those questions.

From Our Blog

Milkweed Yellows Phytoplasma

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:27 pm

When it comes to milkweed, we still have a lot to learn, or at least I do! You may think that the only reason milkweed exists is to be a food source for monarch caterpillars. Well, I can tell you that there is a lot more going on in the milkweed patch than caterpillars munching away at your leaves; there are many interactions taking place.


About Us

Meet Monarch Lab staff and students and get to know our history.



Many different Monarch Lab programs will benefit from a financial contribution. Read more about how to support our work.


Monarch Conservation

The UMN Monarch Lab is a partner of the Monarch Joint Venture, a national partnership working to conserve the monarch migration in the U.S.

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