Friday, September 7, 2012

Carl Kurtz's Photo Essay: Mating Monarchs

In preparation for the upcoming second edition of A Practical Guide to Prairie Restoration by Carl Kurtz, we're excited to be sharing Carl's beautiful photos and observations about nature!

Carl Kurtz is a professional writer, teacher, naturalist, and photographer. He and his wife and partner, Linda, live on a 172-acre family farm in central Iowa that is one of the few prairie seed sources in the Midwest.

For most birds, mammals and insects the season for reproduction is spring or summer.  In the case of butterflies it is late spring or summer when there is an abundance of food for the larval stages, nectar for adults and warm temperatures to promote activity.  While much of the insect world goes about its business unnoticed, monarch butterflies are banded and monitored by individuals across the country.  They are a favorite among school children and likely have been studied more than any other butterfly species. 

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