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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...

Monitoring Monarchs: State parks working to preserve butterflies’ habitat, ensure survival

The monarch butterfly’s orange and black colors help make it the most easily recognizable in North America. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)   More than a dozen Kentucky State Parks are working on projects to help monarch butterflies by preserving habitat and planting milkweed plants the butterflies need for survival.   The butterflies – easily identified because of their orange and...