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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.

Garden Grant Application Deadline is Monday, December 15th

Online applications for our schoolyard garden grants must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (Central Time) on Monday, December 15, 2014. NOTE: The URL for the online application has changed. Please click here to login, and feel free to email the webmaster if you have any technical difficulties with the application website.

Latest News

Dr. Karen Oberhauser on KARE 11 Nightly News

Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:35 pm

Monarch Lab director Dr. Karen Oberhauser was one of the scientific advisors on the new IMAX film Flight of the Butterflies. There is a unique Minnesota connection to the monarchs' iconic migration that Dr. Oberhauser explains.

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.


Contact Us

Contact us for more information about Monarch Lab programs and how you can get involved.


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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