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Dr. Karen Oberhauser featured on NBC Nightly News again!

The U.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Service along with the National Wildlife Foundation is spending $2 million to help save the iconic monarch butterfly. NBC's environmental correspondent speaks to Dr. Oberhauser about the monarch's plight and even visits a grade school classroom that is in the midst of studying the butterfly. Read More »

Attack of the parasitoids!

After a caterpillar goes into its chrysalis, you would expect a beautiful butterfly to emerge. But when this parasitoid attacks, the results are very different. (Photo credit: Carl Stenoien) Read More »

Monarch Lab Annual Insect Fair Summary 2014

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. Read More »

Dr. Karen Oberhauser on KARE 11 Nightly News

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. Read More »

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