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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.

MLMP

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).

Store

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

Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 1:06 pm

Monarchs in a Changing World: Biology and Conservation of an Iconic Butterfly is now available for purchase! Edited by renowned monarch experts Karen S. Oberhauser, Kelly R. Nail, and Sonia Altizer, Monarchs in a Changing World is a must have for all monarch enthusiasts. 

From Our Blog

Wanted: Unexpected Cycnia Observations

Monday, March 23, 2015 10:00 am

The unexpected cycnia moth (Cycnia inopinatus) is a milkweed dependent moth species. We are interested in documenting observations from throughout its geographic range (Great Plains to the East Coast), so we can learn more about its habitat requirements and where it is located. Volunteer-collected data will be used to model potential habitat throughout the entirety of its range. 

About

About Us

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

Donate

Donate

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

Conservation

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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