Burpee Butterfly Project: Monarchs

Burpee Butterfly Project: Monarchs

Burpee is calling all citizen scientists. Don’t miss this opportunity to help the monarch butterfly species. We are collecting and raising monarchs for study in our facility, education, release and tagging. We are busy collecting data prior to their great migration south. We need your help!

Monarch Tagging & Release Party: September 23, 2017

 

Come back to Burpee to learn more about the species, how to conserve and be an active participant in our research.  Hold the butterfly, remove the scales, apply the tag and record your data to be a part of a nation-wide tagging effort.  Your participation helps scientists learn more about this beautiful species and how to protect it.

 

Monarch migration is effected by weather patterns that retard or advance the migration.  (For Example: Temperature, strong southwesterly winds).  Burpee will select tagging and release dates based on science and our best guess for peak migrations times in 2017.  Stay Tuned for final dates!

Learn More:

Teacher Monarch Exchange

Become a Citizen Scientist Raising Larvae–Program has ended.  Check back next summer!

Understand Monarch Larval Growth

Burpee's Adoptive Parent, Mia, searches for a perfect leaf for her young Monarch larva.

Finding Milkweed

Burpee’s Adoptive Parent, Mia, searches for a perfect leaf for her young Monarch larva.
This fall, Monarchs released will wear a special tag with an ID # that helps scientists and citizens who recapture a monarch determine where it migrated and learn about how it lived.  You can be an important part of this great research.

Tagging Monarchs for Migration

This fall, Monarchs released will wear a special tag with an ID # that helps scientists and citizens who recapture a monarch determine where it migrated and learn about how it lived. You can be an important part of this great research.
After the long wait, the butterfly has emerged and is drying his wings in our Adoptive Parent's home.

Butterfly Emerges

After the long wait, the butterfly has emerged and is drying his wings in our Adoptive Parent’s home.
The male and female are breeding here at Burpee by connecting end to end.  The pair stays connected for up to 72 hours, flying and eating together.  The male will use his wings to fly and the female follows his direction while the pair is mating.

Monarch Breeding

The male and female are breeding here at Burpee by connecting end to end. The pair stays connected for up to 72 hours, flying and eating together. The male will use his wings to fly and the female follows his direction while the pair is mating.
As small as the head of a pin, these beautiful white pearly eggs hatch in only 4 days!  When the larva emerges, he will eat his own egg shell before beginning his appetite for milkweed.

So Many Monarch Eggs!

As small as the head of a pin, these beautiful white pearly eggs hatch in only 4 days! When the larva emerges, he will eat his own egg shell before beginning his appetite for milkweed.

Ways You Can Contribute:

1.  Become a Monarch Adoptive Parent.

Anyone can do this!  There is not an age limit…kids under 12 need an adult willing to help.  Rearing monarch babies (larva) can be a fun learning activity and provide valuable scientific information if rearing data are collected and reported.

We will set you up with monarch larva, a small habitat and all the instructions you need to be a good conservationist and butterfly parent.  With a quick agreement to feed, care for and observe your little guy you are officially an adoptive parent.  As your larva grows and eats (and eats and eats) in 15-19 short days you will find a beautiful pupa (chrysalis).   Your butterfly will not need much attention in this phase, and you are welcome to bring it back to us at that time.  When your butterfly emerges 8-15 days later you will see a beautiful, orange monarch.  You can care for him or her until the wings dry, and then bring it back to Burpee for a final check in.

Teachers can sign up today!

2. Sign Up for Butterfly Release Day

In September we will have a fantastic day at Burpee celebrating the monarch’s upcoming journey.  Individuals and families can sign up for monarch activities and tagging.  Participants will receive their own butterfly to observe, learn how to handle and tag for research, and the chance to participate in our send-off party.  We hope to see you there.  Tickets on sale NOW!

3. Volunteer to help in our Monarch Lab

We have butterflies that need food, cleaning and care.  We need to collect observational data if you want to help!

4. Sponsor our Monarch Butterflies with a Gift

From feeding the larva to building the cages to buying the tagging equipment, this process requires funding and is only possible thanks to the generous contributions of people just like you!  Thanks for your support.

5.  Bring items from our wish list

We can use tennis ball cans, cut flowers, milkweed, rubber bands, cheesecloth, and paper towels.  You can send donations through our “Give” link or by mailing a check.

One of Burpee's Butterflies takes a nectar break to drink and soak in some sunshine. The butterfly eats with the use of a tube-like proboscis. Monarchs do not generate enough heat from their own metabolism to give them the heat and energy they need to fly.  Therefore, butterflies absorb heat from the sun.

Feeding Monarchs

One of Burpee’s Butterflies takes a nectar break to drink and soak in some sunshine. The butterfly eats with the use of a tube-like proboscis. Monarchs do not generate enough heat from their own metabolism to give them the heat and energy they need to fly. Therefore, butterflies absorb heat from the sun.