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Use Twitter Search to Track the Monarch Butterfly Migration in Real Time and Get Live Updates from the Field

Is there an app for that? Track the Monarch butterfly migration in real time by using Twitter search. Here’s how to do it. Continue reading

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Texas “hell” for Monarch Butterflies Migrating to Mexico, Says Monarch Watch Founder, Plus: How You Can Help

Monarch Watch founder Dr. Chip Taylor calls Texas “hell” for migrating Monarch butterflies on their way to Mexico. Historic drought has dried up rivers, streams and made nectar sources, the butterflies’ fuel, scarce. Taylor provides a population status report and some tips for how Texas butterfly fans can help. Continue reading

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Llano River Rains Make for Nectar Recovery and a Welcoming Stop for Migrating Monarch Butterflies

The drought continues, but recent rains in the Texas Hill Country resuscitate Llano River blooms, resulting in welcoming nectar stops for migrating Monarch butterflies. The timing might be just right for a robust Monarch butterfly migration. Continue reading

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First of Season Monarch Butterflies Vie for Limited Llano River Nectar as Drought Ravages their Traditional Roosts

First-of-season Monarch butterflies sighted on the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country. With little nectar, drought ravaged roosts, and wildfires across the landscape, Monarchs will find a less-than-welcoming rest stop when they hit Central and South Texas in October. Continue reading

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How to Raise Butterflies-to-Be: Rearing Caterpillars the Topic at Monday’s Austin Butterfly Forum

Ever wonder about the best way to raise caterpillars at home for fun?  I do, and experiment all the time–with mixed success.  That’s why I’m so looking forward to the Austin Butterfly Forum’s “How to Raise Caterpillars” meeting on Monday, … Continue reading

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Second Annual Native San Antonio Festival to Feature Butterfly Talk on Swallowtails and Monarchs

The San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is staging the second annual Native San Antonio Festival this Saturday, March 26 from 10 – 2 PM at the Land Heritage Institute. Activities include tree giveaways, a native plant … Continue reading

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Happy Spring Equinox! Monarchs en route, and the Eastern Swallowtails are Back, too

Happy Equinox and the start of Butterfly Season. Monarch butterflies and Eastern Swallowtails are fluttering back into our gardens. Be sure you have milkweed, fennel, parsely, dill and rue to give them something to host on. Continue reading

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On the Monarch Butterfly Trail in Mexico: “Explosions,” Joy and “Hasta la vista en Texas!”

On the Monarch butterfly trail in Michoacan, Mexico: butterfly “explosions,” pure joy and a promise to see them soon here in Texas as they make their way north on their migratory journey. Continue reading

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Monarch Butterflies: Where’s My Milkweed? NPSOT Program to Address Milkweed Shortage Tied to Brutal Winter

Where’s the milkweed? Monarch butterflies will be arriving soon and the Boerne chapter of NPSOT will stage a free milkweed workshop next Tuesday. Let’s get our gardens ready this spring and put out a welcome mat for migrating Monarch butterflies Continue reading

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Monarch Butterfly Population in Michoacan Doubles Since Last Year, But Threat Continues

Monarch Butterflies rebound in Michoacan, Mexico, doubling their numbers in the past year, but still subject to threat Continue reading

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