Monarch butterfly http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/301/all en The Flight of Monarch Butterfly 64365 http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365 <p>Somewhere in L.A. a monarch egg hatched and out popped a tiny girl caterpillar. That caterpillar ate, and ate, and ate. She ate milkweed, the only plant she could, until she molted her skin. All told, she molted four times until she was a big, fat, stripy caterpillar with black tentacles. She made one last molt and formed a bright green chrysalis with shining golden spots. Two weeks later she emerged from that chrysalis as an adult, and then she flew. On November 17, 2014 she was spotted in the Museum&rsquo;s Nature Gardens. She was caught in a net, and gently removed by skilled hands.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/flight-monarch-butterfly-64365#comments butterflies Citizen Science Monarch butterfly monarchs Nature Gardens Southwest Monarch Study Blog Wed, 20 May 2015 20:51:47 +0000 Lila Higgins 869 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Today on the North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/today-north-campus <p>I went out for a walk around the North Campus today and this is what I saw:</p> <p>They are filling the pond to make sure there aren&#39;t any leaks and that the waterfall cascade is level.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/today-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/today-north-campus#comments butterfly fungi insects Monarch butterfly morel mushrooms Pond pupa Blog Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:09:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 646 at http://www.nhm.org/nature North Campus Monarchs http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-monarchs <div>Yesterday afternoon myself and number of other staff members braved the heat to continue our survey of North Campus insects. On the heels of last week&#39;s Gulf Fritillary discovery, I found the site&#39;s first Monarch butterfly caterpillar, <em>Danaus plexippus</em>!</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ICWK6TMo6bo/TpdSNRrp52I/AAAAAAAAAJw/vCq8cetmY24/s1600/NC_Monarch.jpg"><img src="/nature/sites/default/files/images/blog/NC_Monarch.jpg" /></a></div> <div>Monarch butterfly caterpillar</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-monarchs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/north-campus-monarchs#comments butterfly caterpillar insects milkweed Monarch butterfly monarch tagging narrow-leaved milkweed Blog Fri, 14 Oct 2011 05:44:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 648 at http://www.nhm.org/nature