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The fascinating and complex evolutionary relationship of the monarch butterfly and the milkweed plant Monarch butterflies are one of nature's most recognizable creatures, known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico. Yet there is much more to the monarch than its distinctive presence and mythic journeying. In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed—a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged—and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species. The monarch life cycle begins each spring when it deposits eggs on milkweed leaves. But this dependency of monarchs on milkweeds as food is not reciprocated, and milkweeds do all they can to poison or thwart the young monarchs. Agrawal delves into major scientific discoveries, including his own pioneering research, and traces how plant poisons have not only shaped monarch-milkweed interactions but have also been culturally important for centuries. Agrawal presents current ideas regarding the recent decline in monarch populations, including habitat destruction, increased winter storms, and lack of milkweed—the last one a theory that the author rejects. He evaluates the current sustainability of monarchs and reveals a novel explanation for their plummeting numbers. Lavishly illustrated with more than eighty color photos and images, Monarchs and Milkweed takes readers on an unforgettable exploration of one of nature's most important and sophisticated evolutionary relationships.

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Genre: Science
Author: Anurag Agrawal
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release: 2017-03-07
File: 296 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781400884766

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Introduces the Monarch butterfly, discussing its beginning as an egg laid on a milkweed leaf through its metamorphosis from a caterpillar to an adult butterfly and its fall migration back to Mexico.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Helen Frost
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2008-03-04
File: 40 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781416900856

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A field guide to the insects and spiders living in milkweed communities in North america north of the Mexican border.

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Genre: Science
Author: Ba Rea
Publisher:
Release: 2003
File: 96 Pages
ISBN-13: CORNELL:31924100505985

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Perfect Gift Under $10A great notebook and journal. A convenient sized 6x9 ruled notebook with 140 pages. This composition notebook has a mattte finish and is a flexable paperback that is perfectly bound. It has a beautiful look and feel, and will make a great gift. This notebook is perfect for any note taker, writer, artist, journalist, teacher, or student looking for a cool look! Makes A Great UNDER $10 gift for everyone. For any occasion!

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Genre: Nature
Author: Planners And Journals
Publisher: Independently Published
Release: 2019-03-08
File: 142 Pages
ISBN-13: 1799073947

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Anna Clayton fights hard to save the milkweed plants on which the monarch butterflies feed each summer as they arrive in Maine to lay their eggs. How can she make people understand that they must preserve their milkweed patches for the monarchs?

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Author: Bundy H. Boit
Publisher:
Release: 2017-08-17
File: 20 Pages
ISBN-13: 1597131741

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This concept book helps elementary learners to consider how time brings changes in nature. The interaction of the milkweed and the monarch is also used to define "synergy" and "nexus." Illustrations are suitable to be colored in to enhance the learning experience by attention to details as the story progresses. Further, lessons about the lunar month tell about how a cycle comes to an end that actually leads to a fresh start. This concept is used to encourage the learner to become more conscientious about the use of time. The illustrations are suitable for coloring to add to the learning experience by paying attention to the details on each page spread. Topics include seasons, metamorphosis, the lunar orbit, and time management. Kindle copy free with purchase.

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Author: Davida Galilee
Publisher:
Release: 2015-02-24
File: 30 Pages
ISBN-13: 0990900010

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Presents twenty-seven studies on the monarch butterfly's life cycle including papers presented at the 2001 Monarch Population Dynamics Conference and data compiled by both Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.

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Genre: Nature
Author: Karen Suzanne Oberhauser
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Release: 2004
File: 248 Pages
ISBN-13: 0801441889

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Every year, from March to October, spectacular orange and black clouds of monarch butterflies fill the skies as they migrate from across North America to their warm winter homes in California and as far south as Mexico City. The National Wildlife Federation calls the monarch migration " one of the greatest natural phenomena in the insect world. " Not long ago, monarchs numbered in the billions, but in the last 20 years their population has dropped by 90%, due to habitat loss from pesticides, GMO farming practices, development and other human activity. An estimated one million acres of habitat are lost each year. But today, an army of citizen-scientists, students and gardeners is engaged in restoring this beloved pollinator s habitat the wildflowers and milkweed and feeding corridors so that one of nature s most beautiful creatures will still be there for generations to come. And it starts in our own backyards. "The Monarch" showcases this magnificent butterfly with eye-popping photos, fun facts about a monarch s life cycle, and things to know about the vital role that pollinators play in our ecosystem. Monarch expert and nature blogger Kylee Baumle provides action projects for all ages, from planting milkweed and wildflowers to making butterfly watering stations to volunteer activism. "

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Genre: Nature
Author: Baumle
Publisher:
Release: 2017-04-03
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 1943366179

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Captures the essence of the fragile yet hardy monarch butterfly, detailing the life of a monarch, migration, the monarch's world, and the need for conservation

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Genre: Science
Author: Eric S. Grace
Publisher: Sierra Club Books for Children
Release: 1997
File: 114 Pages
ISBN-13: UCSD:31822025555111

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An introduction to the life cycle of monarch butterflies depicts every stage while instructing youngsters on how to attract and raise their own butterflies, and explains how released butterflies migrate to resume the next cycle.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Carol Pasternak
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
Release: 2012
File: 48 Pages
ISBN-13: 1770850015

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