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Public invited to join Louisville Zoo for virtual Flutter Fest 2020 celebrating Monarch Butterfly migration

The public is invited to join the Louisville Zoo for the virtual celebration of Flutter Fest 2020. On September 19 from 3 to 4 p.m., the zoo will kick off the celebration via their

Louisville Zoo’s Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates Saturday with release of 1,000 monarch butterflies

Butterflies n’ Blooms culminates with the tagging of 1,000 monarch butterflies for release at Flutter Fest this Saturday, brought to you in partnership with Louisville’s Idlewild Butterfly Farm. This release coincides with the annual migration of monarch butterflies. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. guests can enjoy 15 stations to celebrate pollinators and learn more about the amazing monarch butterfly migration...

Salato Wildlife Education Center celebrates monarch butterfly’s annual migration south on Sept. 7

Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will celebrate the beginning of the monarch butterfly’s annual migration south. Participants can learn more about these valuable pollinators and receive expertise and advice on gardening for Kentucky’s native pollinators on Sept. 7 at the Salato Center. Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will...

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...

Garden Club of Kentucky to dedicate Monarch Butterfly waystations at William Whitley, Carter Caves

The Garden Club of Kentucky will dedicate two more Monarch butterfly waystations at the William Whitley House State Historic Site and Carter Caves State Resort Park in September. The William Whitley House ceremony is Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. and the Carter Caves event is Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. Members of the Garden Club of Kentucky have worked with state parks and other groups to design and install Monarch...

Old Time Kentucky: Mighty flap over Frankfort fluttered when butterfly named official state insect

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist It probably wasn’t the state Senate’s finest hour. Debate was buzzing, but not over the budget or other weighty legislation. At issue was a bill making the monarch butterfly Kentucky’s official insect. The measure seemed sure to pass, according to James R. Russell’s story in the Feb. 12, 1976, Louisville Courier-Journal. But the scribe conceded that rumors...

Greensource: To help endangered monarch butterfly, plant milkweed, create ‘waystations’

By Deborah Larkin KyForward columnist   This season I enjoyed a plethora of butterflies in my yard and garden, mostly the beautiful tiger and eastern black swallowtails. The feeling seemed to be reciprocated, as they drank the nectar from my flowers and their larvae (caterpillars) chomped down on my dill and parsley. But one species was conspicuously absent – there were no monarchs.   Male...