The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
Map of Monitoring SitesMap data last updated: 11 Nov 2016. View Larger.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 12:15 pm
Thanks to volunteers like you, we now know more than ever about the flies that attack monarch butterfly caterpillars. Over the last 18 years, Monarch Larva Monitoring Project volunteers have collected and raised more than 20,000 monarch eggs and caterpillars, and monitored them for incidents of parasitism by tachinid flies. A recent paper published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America uses data collected by citizen scientists to delve into monarch-parasitoid associations and help discern between natural and human-driven impacts on monarchs and their population size. Read More »
The MLMP has updated Activities 1, 3, and 4!
MLMP activities are occasionally updated. Please download new datasheets from our website and check back often for additional updates. We've made updates to the following activities in 2016:
- Activity 1: Measuring Monarch Density
- Activity 3: Estimating Monarch Survival
- Activity 4: Comparing Milkweed Characteristics
Download the new data sheets to use in 2016 and let us know if you have any questions!
The MLMP has recently launched our new website! Explore the website to find updated resources, including Activity Datasheets, publications, presentations and resources, and more.
More changes will be coming to the data entry site, so stay tuned!
Monarch Lab is on YouTube!
Monarch Lab Ph.D. candidate, Carl Stenoien, has been building an archive of stunning timelapse videos. Carl has been able to expertly record a variety of butterfly species pupating and eclosing. Some of Carl's videos even offer a view into the more sinister side of nature. Carl studies parasitoid wasps (small wasps that lay their eggs inside a pupal host), and was able to get some novel footage of Pteromalus cassotis parasitoids emerging from a parasitized chrysalis, as well as P. cassotis parasitizing a pupating monarch. These are some "must-see" videos for anyone interested in the amazing world of insects.
Rearing Monarchs Responsibly for Citizen Science
Participating in the MLMP Monarch Survival Activity is easy, especially if you are already rearing monarchs. Simply collect monarchs from the wild, rear them indoors, and report whether they survive to adulthood, or, if they didn't, what caused their death. More information about the MLMP parasitism study can be found here. The data you submit is invaluable, and much of what we know about monarchs is due to the efforts of dedicated citizen scientists. Get involved today!
The MLMP Mission
Our mission is to better understand the distribution and abundance of breeding monarchs and to use that knowledge to inform and inspire monarch conservation.