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monarch butterfly – Danaus plexippus

monarch butterfly - Danaus plexippus

Among results of a study on monarch butterflies’ (Danaus plexippus) habitat preferences for laying eggs and predation rates on their eggs, researchers at Michigan State University found that most of predation occurred in the first 24 hours after egg-laying, suggesting that weekly egg surveys are insufficient to distinguish egg-laying habitat preference from losses due to predation. (Photo credit: Steven Katovich, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org)

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