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Research by University of Ky. scientists shows ways to build more effective monarch butterfly gardens

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Installing gardens with milkweed and other flowering plants is a way for the public to help conserve the monarch butterfly, but University of Kentucky scientists have found not all gardens are equal when it comes to attracting them. A new study conducted by Adam Baker, UK doctoral student, and Daniel Potter, UK entomology professor, suggests that garden layout...

UK entomology researchers find new threat to monarch butterfly food — Japanese beetles

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky entomology researchers have found that a common, invasive beetle is feeding on milkweed plants, which are the only source of food for monarch butterfly larvae. These beetles could hinder international efforts to rebuild the struggling pollinator’s population. Adam Baker, an entomology graduate student in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...