Cousins sharing a Texas Palafoxia. These two species are related and are often confused for one another. Monarchs (below) are big and bright. Their large wings help them soar and glide in flight. Good for long distance migration. Queens (top) are darker and smaller, which forces them to beat their wings more in flight. The larvae of both are dependent on milkweed. Monarchs and many other pollinators are suffering from habitat loss. They are extremely important for healthy ecosystems that we all rely on. Please consider planting #pollinator gardens using native plants. #txpollinators#bringbackthemonarchs#monarchbutterfly#queenbutterfly#coastalflyway#fallmigration#fallmonarchmigration#nativeplants
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Monarch butterfly populations are declining due to loss of habitat. To assure a future for monarchs, conservation and restoration of milkweeds needs to be a national priority. Grayson County Public Library has a wonderful #shelfie with butterfly books and information on display. Stop by or call to reserve, or visit www.monarchwatch.org to learn more! 🦋#wythegrayson#library#bringbackthemonarchs#loveyourlibrary
Tomorrow we will have on display #monarch caterpillars in their various phases. Several teachers and educators came together at the @thencarboretum to learn how to care for these hungry, hungry caterpillars. Adults will be tagged and released on the Arboretum's monarch day on Sept 23. However, some of our early butterflies will need to be released at the Cradle. Come meet them, and learn more about monarch conservation at our monarch day, September 17!