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Insect Infatuation

These fluttering icons of North America are a favorite of many people across the world, but they may be having some population problems. Don’t worry though, there are ways you can help. Conservation specialist Gail Morris talks with our student guest host Kayna Lantz about these colorful insects, their identification, migration, and the many groups that are working to better understand them.

Spoiler Alert! If you want to try and guess the mystery insect do not read beyond this point until you listen to the introduction to the show.

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Topic Time
Introduction. 00:00
What makes the monarch special? 01:09
Where do monarchs migrate? 01:59
Tagging butterflies. 02:42
How do you identify male and female monarchs? 03:54
Are monarchs poisonous? 04:50
Monarch mimicry. 05:54
Are monarchs important to the environment? 07:09
Monarch population changes. 07:59
More on the milkweed host plant. 10:17
Are the declines in monarch and bee populations related? 10:39
What can Arizona residents do to help? 11:52
Butterflies overwinter in Phoenix ? 16:02
Organizations working on monarchs. 16:26
Upcoming projects and studies with monarchs. 19:09
Nonprofit organizations. 20:38
Is citizen scientist research useful? 22:05
Three questions. 24:32
When did you figure out what you wanted to do? 24:39
If you had to be something else, what would you be? 26:38
If someone wanted a job like yours, what would your advice be? 27:17
Sign-off. 28:46

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Insect Infatuation

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Mystery Insect

Learn more about these colorful flying insects in their companion story.

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Mystery Insect

Learn more about these colorful flying insects in their companion story.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.