Here are some interesting facts about Monarch butterflies! Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus SARA status: Special Concern; Ontario: Special Concern Taxonomic Group: Arthropods Size: wingspan of 8.6-10.5 cm Adult monarch butterflies are orange and black with white spots on the borders of the wings. The caterpillars are black, white and yellow stripped and can be found on milkweed plants. The chrysalis is a distinctive green and gold. Monarchs can sometimes be confused with the similar-looking, but smaller Viceroy, but are easily distinguished by the lack of a black band on the hind wing that runs parallel to the wing edge. During the summer months, you can find adult Monarchs feeding on the… read more →
Raising our voice for Canadian wildlife and wild spaces Nature Canada staff work every day to protect wildlife and their habitats in Canada – it’s at the heart of our mission. Many species also require an international effort to protect them throughout their range. For example, as a Canadian co-partner of BirdLife International, we frequently work to protect migratory birds in both their Canadian breeding grounds and their southern wintering grounds. But it’s not just birds that migrate – Nature Canada is also working to protect another iconic winged species – the Monarch butterfly. Working with partners such as the Monarch Teachers Network of Canada and the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club’s… read more →
Check out this fantastic video of a monarch butterfly emerging from its Chrysalis!
Recent research on Monarch Butterflies shows a sharp decline in its numbers since monitoring began nearly 20 years ago. Part of the problem lies in the parallel decline of milkweed – a plant that Monarchs rely on for food and protection. Milkweed, often eradicated through the use of pesticides, is vital to the Monarch’s ability to survive and reproduce. Here are 3 things you can do in your own yard, terrace, community garden or other green space to be a good neighbour in your NatureHood! Plant native species—they have adapted to your local soil and climate conditions so they don’t need watering or fertilizers (or pesticides!) to thrive. Include plants… read more →
The latest research on Monarch Butterflies shows a sharp decline in its numbers since monitoring began nearly 20 years ago. Part of the problem lies in the parallel decline of milkweed – a plant that Monarchs rely on for food and protection. Milkweed, often eradicated through the use of pesticides, is vital to the Monarch’s ability to survive and reproduce. What can you do to help? It’s easier than you think! Plant milkweed in your garden, along your driveway or at the cottage this spring and give the Monarch a much-needed helping hand. Need help getting started? Check out our guide to planting milkweed and get ready to welcome home… read more →