Hello from Oaxaca! A few updates on monarchs and milkweed, February 2018…
See this great book review in American Entomologist
And finally, a bit of humor, I think. Illinois has changed its state wildflower to milkweed. When I asked my colleague, Prof. May Berenbaum of the University of Illinois about this, here is what she said: “??!! What happened to the violet?? It has been the state flower since 1908. If lawmakers were looking for a nice conservation story, it’s the host plant of the regal fritillary, which is threatened in Illinois. I guess “monarch” sounds more noble than “regal”? If there is one thing that’s appealing about changing the state flower to milkweed, it’s that I think we’d be the only state where one state symbol eats the other…Nobody said politics was a pretty business…” Yes, Illinois is one of the 7 US States with the monarch as their state insect!
Check out Shujie (Silvia) Li’s botanical art site