Insects and Their Relatives

Butterfly

The number of insects in the world has an estimated count of 900,000, representing roughly 80% of the world’s species. They have important jobs to do such as pollination, decomposition, and providing food for other creatures. Because of the different functions they may have in an ecosystem, insects make great bioindicators, revealing if there is poor water quality, showing if there is a change in habitat, or a loss of biodiversity.

 

Monarch Butterflies at the Center

Schlitz Audubon has undertaken massive land rehabilitation efforts over the past few decades. This includes planting native prairie flowers for adult monarchs and milkweed for caterpillars. Volunteers have participated in Monarch tagging programs. These numbered tags, once found, help inform scientists about migratory patterns of Monarch Butterflies.

Citizen Science: Monarch Tagging
Saturday, September 24 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm *
Learn about the magic of the Monarch butterfly migration with a short presentation. Then participants will go outside and assist in tagging Monarchs for the conservation research program Monarch Watch. Insect nets and tags will be provided. This program is designed to include youth 8 and above. Youth are free.
Pre-registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880.
Adults M: $7 | NM: $12
*Rain Date: Sunday, September 18 | 12:00pm – 2:00pm

 

At Your Home

One of the best things anyone can do to provide Monarch Butterfly habitat is to plant milkweed in their yard. Caterpillars munch exclusively on milkweed and planting this provides them with vital sustenance. For a more in-depth exploration of Monarch information, read the feature article in our summer 2015 edition of Panorama.

For more regional information visit Wisconsin Butterflies.

 

Moths

Citizen Science: Moth Survey
Wednesday, July 27 | 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Schlitz Audubon is participating in the National Moth Week Citizen Science survey and you can help! Learn how moths differ from their daytime cousins, butterflies, and why they are so important to have in the world. We’ll venture outside to visit bait trees and an ultraviolet light station in search of moths. Youth are free.
Pre-registration is required. To register call 414-352-2880.
Adults M: $7 | NM: $12

 

Bees

To learn about helping bees in your yard, read the Center’s Summer 2016 Panorama feature article about Backyard Beekeeping.

 

Future Insect Monitoring Projects

As resources permit, the Center is looking to include Dragonflies, Ladybugs, and Bumblebees in future citizen science projects.  If you are interested in participating in or assisting these, please contact Brooke Gilley.

 

Resources

In the Center’s Shop

Schlitz Audubon’s shop carries a rotating variety of books relating to insects and their relatives, such as the below titles:

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects & Spiders
Field Guide to Butterflies of North America by Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman
Dragonflies of the North Woods by Kurt Mead

Electronic Resources

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation | Established in 1971, the Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, harnessing the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of citizens to implement conservation programs.
The Great Sunflower Project | Identifying where pollinators need help and helping.
e-Butterfly | eButterfly is an international, data driven project dedicated to butterfly biodiversity, conservation, and education.

 

Citizen Science at the Center

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