Monarchs and Milkweeds

A WYOMING BIODIVERSITY CITIZEN SCIENCE INITIATIVE PROGRAM


More About Milkweeds

You can identify milkweed species based on their location in the state, leaf shape, flower color and other hints.

9f1d56dbcd1ea7d35c42bc296660d189_f23.jpgMilkweeds are a very important group of plants for pollinators, especially for the monarch butterfly.  There are 12 species of milkweeds in Wyoming - though three of those are rare.  Part of the goal for this program is to find out which species, if not all of them, provide the monarch caterpillar with its critical food source.  Milkweeds are often considered a weedy species, and are targeted for spraying in pastures and along ditches.  However, they are important assets to monarchs, and do great in garden settings!

 

Find a milkweed?  Submit your observation in WyoBio!

 

You can identify milkweed species based on their location in the state, leaf shape, flower color and other hints. 

 

Download the ID Guide

3b7a797bbf65aed78c614a656c14f1cb_f32.jpgClick here to download the printer friendly, Monarchs and Milkweeds' Milkweed Identification Guide to learn how to identify milkweed species. 

 

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By engaging the public in citizen science projects like the Monarchs and Milkweeds, the Biodiversity Institute hopes we can better understand where monarchs travel through Wyoming, what time of year, how many, and whether they reproduce here.  We can also find where the 10+ species of milkweeds exist, see if they're hosts to any monarch young

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