The Monarch Butterfly: Biology and Conservation

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-06-01

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The knowledge of citizen scientists, biologists, and naturalists informs this book's coverage of every aspect of the monarch butterfly's life cycle (breeding, migration, and overwintering) from the perspective of every established monarch population (western North American, eastern North American, and Australian). In addition to presenting the most recent basic research on this species, The Monarch Butterfly contains the first publication of data compiled from two established citizen science projects, Journey North and the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. It also reports for the first time on two major events of long-term importance to monarch conservation and biology: the creation of a larger protected area in the Mexican overwintering sites and a weather-related mortality event during the winter of 2002. Monarch butterflies are arguably the most recognized, studied, and loved of all insects, and the attention that scientists and the general public have paid to this species has increased both our understanding of the natural world and our concern about preserving it. The unique combination of basic research, background information, and conservation applications makes this book a valuable resource for ecologists, entomologists, naturalists, and teachers.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
PART I Breeding Biology
Overview of Monarch Breeding Biology
Karen S. Oberhauser
Temporal and Geographic Variation in Monarch Densities: Citizen Scientists Document Monarch Population Patterns
Michelle D. Prysby
Karen S. Oberhauser
Effects of Female Age, Female Mass, and Nutrients from Males on Monarch Egg Mass
Karen S. Oberhauser
Natural Enemies and Survival of Monarch Eggs and Larvae
Michelle D. Prysby
Effects of Monarch Larval Host Plant Chemistry and Body Size on Polistes Wasp Predation
Linda S. Rayor
The Effect of Fire Ants on Monarchs Breeding in Texas
William H. Calvert
Effects of Milkweed Latex and Cardenolides on Foraging and Maintenance Behaviors of First Instar Monarch Larvae
Tammi Hoevenaar
Stephen B. Malcolm
Behavioral and Genetic Components of Male Mating Success in Monarchs
Michelle J. Solensky
Karen S. Oberhauser
Survival of Experimental Cohorts of Monarch Larvae following Exposure to Transgenic Bt Corn Pollen and Anthers
Laura C. H. Jesse
John J. Obrycki
PART II Migration Biology
Overview of Monarch Migration
Michelle J. Solensky
Monarch Butterflies' Migratory Behavior Persists despite Changes in Environmental Conditions
Sandra M. Perez
Orley R. Taylor
Stopover Ecology of Monarchs in Coastal Virginia: Using Ornithological Techniques to Study Monarch Migration
Andrew K. Davis
Mark S. Garland
Characteristics of Fall Migratory Monarch Butterflies, Danaus plexippus, in Minnesota and Texas
Jane Borland
Carol C. Johnson
Thomas William Crumpton III
Markisha Thomas
Sonia M. Altizer
Karen S. Oberhauser
Documenting the Spring Movements of Monarch Butterflies with Journey North, a Citizen Science Program
Elizabeth Howard
Andrew K. Davis
PART III Overwintering Biology
Overview of Monarch Overwintering Biology
Michelle J. Solensky
Two Methods Estimating Overwintering Monarch Population Size in Mexico
William H. Calvert
Locations and Area Occupied by Monarch Butterflies Overwintering in Mexico from 1993 to 2002
Eligio Garcia-Serrano
Jaime Lobato Reyes
Blanca Xiomara Mora Alvarez
Can't See the Forest for the Butterflies: The Need for Understanding Forest Dynamics at Monarch Overwintering Sites
Andres F. Keiman
Miguel Franco
Design and Implementation of a New Protected Area for Overwintering Monarch Butterflies in Mexico
Monica Missrie
Catastrophic Winter Storm Mortality of Monarch Butterflies in Mexico during January 2002
Lincoln P. Brower
David R. Kust
Eduardo Rendon Salinas
Eligio Garcia-Serrano
Katherine R. Kust
Jacob Miller
Concha Fernandez del Rey
Karen Pape
Spatial and Temporal Pattern of Monarch Overwintering Abundance in Western North America
Dennis Frey
Andrew Schaffner
Analysis of the Pattern of Distribution and Abundance of Monarch Overwintering Sites along the California Coastline
Kingston L. H. Leong
Walter H. Sakai
Walter Bremer
Dan Feuerstein
Gwen Yoshimura
Environmental Factors Influencing Postdiapause Reproductive Development in Monarch Butterflies
Liz Goehring
Karen S. Oberhauser
PART IV Integrated Biology
Modeling the Distribution and Abundance of Monarch Butterflies
Karen S. Oberhauser
Transmission of the Protozoan Parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha in Monarch Butterfly Populations: Implications for Prevalence and Population-Level Impacts
Sonia M. Altizer
Karen S. Oberhauser
Kari A. Geurts
Spatial and Temporal Population Dynamics of Monarchs Down-Under: Lessons for North America
Myron P. Zalucki
Wayne A. Rochester
Simulating the Development and Migration of the Monarch Butterfly
Johannes J. Feddema
Jason Shields
Orley R. Taylor
David Bennett
Contributors 241(4)
Index 245

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