Monarch and the Milkweed

June 2-30 2013 My solo exhibit: Plants and Animals of the Connecticut River Valley.  An
Exploration of Native and Non-native Species from Canada to Connecticut was showing at GFDC in Turners Falls, MA.  I loved all the research and exploration that went into these works. I tried to show the beauty in the native plants and animals and the consequences of the non-natives.

This piece explores the various stages of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)  and the importance of milkweed in their reproduction.  Monarchs lay their eggs on the milkweed plant, and the caterpillars survive on the plant until they are ready to form their cocoons. Most this is what ultimately gives monarch butterflies their unpleasant taste.  Monarch and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) are both native to New England and can be commonly found. 


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