Less than four months after creating our “Pupating Monarch” imageblog, the new posters are ready. We first mentioned these four years ago in Teacher’s Special – Laminated Poster Of “Emerging Monarch” Is Ready!. They are the same size, specifications, and price as our original poster ($15 for 17″ by 28″ signed poster, laminated on both sides). Like the “Emerging Monarch” poster, they can’t be displayed in our booth during art festivals so you may have to ask for them (or you can contact us directly anytime and we will mail them).
Jaret Daniels is one of the butterfly experts at the University of Florida. He’s the one we’ve helped (along with the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)) on rare butterfly surveys in southern Florida and the upper keys, and who is responsible for some of the photos and the distribution of the educational butterfly plant brochures we’ve been able to share in our booth at art festivals around the state. I’ve had the chance to ask him some of your burning butterfly questions; here’s what he said.
On The Lifespan Of Monarch Butterflies
As I’ve mentioned in our booth (and on our website at Life Cycle of Monarch Butterfly), adult monarch butterflies live two to six weeks, but every fourth generation the adult will live six to eight months so they can make the migration. I’ve also mentioned that we have in south Florida (and the Caribbean) a population of monarchs that doesn’t migrate (see also the Wikipedia article “Monarch butterfly migration”). So naturally, the big question is “Does the fourth generation of the non-migrating monarchs still live six to eight months?“
On The Range Of Atala Butterflies
Since their rediscovery in 1979 (see Atala Butterfly) on Key Biscayne, the range of the Atala seems to be slowly expanding northward. Apparently, their traditional range was restricted to Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties (Florida’s southernmost counties)Atala study, but recent sightings have been as far north as Vero Beach on the Atlantic coast and Tampa on the Gulf coast of the peninsulasee map. The range of coontie, the host plant on which the Atala depends, on the other hand, includes most of the Florida peninsulacoontie range, which makes friends in central and northern Florida wonder “Could Atala’s live here?“
Probably not; the Atalas seem to be less cold-tolerant than the coontie.
(If it were me, I might still be inclined to go for it.)
We just finished putting together our long-promised prequel to the Emerging Monarch image that has long been a magnet to elementary school teachers and other nature lovers.
This project just took at least three days of editing. Nancy took the photographs (a six-hour process) over six years ago and continued making artistic decisions for the duration of the project. You can get more details of this image at Pupating Monarch.
We have not actually printed any of these yet but will have them available for our next art festival in October. You could the proud owner of Print #1 if you contact us soon. Our plans still include making a laminated poster, as we discussed in an earlier post (Teacher’s Special – Laminated Poster of “Emerging Monarch” Is Ready). Although that may not happen until the end of this year, we will announce when they are ready. Nancy also recently mentioned an image showing the development (mostly color changes) of the chrysalis over time and the upgrading of our image of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Stay tuned for further developments.
Because Nancy & I were both teachers and know that teachers often have to pay for school supplies out of their own pocket, and since we noticed that “Emerging Monarch” seemed to be a magnet to elementary teachers who taught about the life cycle of Monarch butterflies in their class, we promised a while back that we would make an affordable poster of that image just for them. We are happy to say that we’ve finally finished that promise. We now have a 17″ by 28″ signed poster, laminated on both sides, available to teachers only for fifteen dollars, including tax. We are still researching shipping options, but once we finish we will contact everybody that has given us their e-mail address for that purpose. Any other teachers who would like more information can contact us, as described on our website. Be prepared to prove teacher status.
Similar projects still under consideration include a poster for the transition from caterpillar (larva) to chrysalis (pupa), for which we’ve taken the photographs but still need to process them, and for the complete “Life Cycle of Monarch Butterfly“, which we need to update with our new information. Stay tuned!