Monarch-milkweed happenings from Montana

Things are going well on the sabbatical in Missoula, MT!  On November 9th I will be speaking at a “friend-raiser” associated with the Montana Natural History Center and the Missoula Insectarium. And in December I will be speaking at Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. Both talks will give an overview of monarchs and milkweed and an update on their current predicament. I will be signing copies of Monarchs and Milkweed at both events.

The showy milkweed in Montana, Asclepias speciosa, a close relative and ecological analog to our common milkweed A. syriaca (from the wetter cooler habitats east of the Rockies)

See also these recent interviews on Mike’s Gardening Blog and on the radio at WNPR.

And finally, although there isn’t a lot of milkweed here in Montana, here is some withering Asclepias speciosa from the National Bison Range (September 2017). No insects were found.

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