Monarchs and Milkweed of Los Angeles

To participate in this project, simply take photos of any Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) or milkweed plants (Genus Asclepias) that you see in Greater Los Angeles, and post to this project.

Observations may also be submitted by emailing nature@nhm.org.

Monarch observations may include monarchs in any one of their four life cycle stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), adult (butterfly). http://www.monarchwatch.org/biology/cycle1.htm

Greater Los Angeles is defined as: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and Ventura County.

Posted on March 04, 2014 07:30 PM by smartrf smartrf | 6 comments | Leave a comment

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What

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

April 4, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

"I have planted milkweed in my backyard and currently have a caterpillar feeding. So exciting!"

- Toni Tachovsky

Observation and photo by Toni Tachovsky, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

April 4, 2015

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

"I have planted milkweed in my backyard and currently have a caterpillar feeding. So exciting!"

- Toni Tachovsky

Observation and photo by Toni Tachovsky, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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Observer

quantron

Date

April 12, 2015

Description

Monarch butterfly oviposited on milkweed.
4/13/15 Female Monarch butterfly(probably the same one as yesterday).

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What

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

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jchang33

Date

April 9, 2015 01:09 PM PDT

Description

I've seen this one roaming around, couldn't get close enough to see if it was a female smelling out the milkweed I'm growing. But I did see it feed off of a buddleja bush and moringa tree flowers.

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

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melissaroth

Date

April 9, 2015 02:00 PM PDT

Place

LA 90039 (Google, OSM)

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What

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

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jchang33

Date

April 4, 2015 10:01 AM PDT

Description

First one I could take a picture of in the garden; nectaring on the flowers of a rat's tail radish. Not sure if they can smell the milkweed nearby too!

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What

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

melissaroth

Date

April 3, 2015 09:33 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

fly by

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Observer

quantron

Date

March 27, 2015

Description

Monarch eggs on one Asclepias fascicularis leaf.

3/25/15 Monarch oviposited on milkweed.

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What

Narrowleaf milkweed Asclepias fascicularis

Observer

cqlanus

Date

March 3, 2015 10:48 AM PST

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Asclepias fascicularis

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What

butterfly weed Asclepias curassavica

Observer

tumbleweedbruddy

Date

March 23, 2015 11:30 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

March 22, 2015 02:20 PM PDT

Description

Observation and photo by Annette Morasch, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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jchang33

Date

March 23, 2015

Description

We have 21 seedlings of Asclepias fascicularis planted in our garden to support the Monarch population.

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

jchang33

Date

March 23, 2015

Description

Fourth instar(?) caterpillar on Asclepias fascicularis. We planted 21 four-five inch seedlings in our native section of our garden of this type of milkweed and hope it can support the two caterpillars I've seen.

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Danaus plexippus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Danaus plexippus

Observer

quantron

Date

March 16, 2015

Description

2/13/15 Monarch eggs spotteed on sprouting narrowleaf milkweed.
3/8/15 Monarch eggs seen on milkweed.
3/15-16 2015 Monarch butterfly oviposited on milkweed.
3/20/15 Monarch butterfly briefly flew around milkweed.
3/25/15 Monarch butterfly oviposited on milkweed.

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Danaus plexippus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Rush Milkweed Asclepias subulata

Observer

quantron

Date

March 16, 2015

Description

Recently planted from Grow Native Nursery(Veterans Garden)

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cspnl

Date

February 26, 2015 09:07 AM PST

Description

Second photo is the following morning, 6:58 AM. Wings were straight but still soft.

smartrf Project curator ID

Danaus plexippus

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What

Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cspnl

Date

February 27, 2015 06:58 AM PST

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Danaus plexippus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cspnl

Date

February 5, 2015 03:51 PM PST

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Danaus plexippus

Photos / Sounds

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What

Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cspnl

Date

February 15, 2015 12:24 PM PST

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Danaus plexippus

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cspnl

Date

March 14, 2015 08:18 AM PDT

Description

See Feb observation, as pupa hanging on dead stick, same individual. Stick with chrysalis, now empty in first photo with the newly emerged butterfly.

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Danaus plexippus

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What

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

cspnl

Date

February 11, 2015 04:32 PM PST

Description

Pair together in pine tree near north entrance to center, another was flying around the area

smartrf Project curator ID

Danaus plexippus

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

February 6, 2015

Description

"Every photograph was taken at the Farragut Elementary School Garden." - Annette Morasch

Observation and photos by Annette Morasch, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

March 5, 2015

Description

"Every photograph was taken at the Farragut Elementary School Garden." - Annette Morasch

Observation and photo by Annette Morasch, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

March 4, 2015

Description

"Every photograph was taken at the Farragut Elementary School Garden." - Annette Morasch

Observation and photo by Annette Morasch, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

January 16, 2015

Description

"Every photograph was taken at the Farragut Elementary School Garden." - Annette Morasch

Observation and photos by Annette Morasch, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

January 14, 2015

Description

"Every photograph was taken at the Farragut Elementary School Garden." - Annette Morasch

Observation and photographs by Annette Morash, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

February 4, 2015

Description

"Every photograph was taken at the Farragut Elementary School Garden." - Annette Morasch

Observation and photo by Annette Morasch, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Tropical Milkweed Asclepias curassavica

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

February 24, 2015

Description

"I have quite a few caterpillars in my garden now eating the milkweed before it can totally grow and bloom." - Maureen Russac

Observation and photo by Maureen Russac, sent to nature@nhm.org.

Photos / Sounds

What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

February 24, 2015

Description

"Additional pictures of my garden encouraging Monarch butterflies.
I have seen quite a few Monarch emerging with wing deformities this winter. I do not use any pesticide in my gardens so I'm not sure what the problem is."

- Maureen Russac

Observation and photos by Maureen Russac, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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What

Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

melissaroth

Date

March 6, 2015 04:20 PM PST

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Danaus plexippus
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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) has begun studying our local urban environment to better understand the biodiversity that lives in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Part of this study includes knowing where local populations of monarch butterflies and milkweed plants are found.

Why are we including milkweed plants in our monarch study? Milkweed is a host plant for ...more ↓

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