#295: The Monarch Butterfly, Its Migratory Path & Process, Their Food Source & Coevolution with Expert Dr. Anurag Agrawal
In This Episode of the Vegetable Gardening Show
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Dr. Anurag Agrawal, Professor of Ecology, Entomology, and Evolution at Cornell University about his scientific findings of Monarch butterflies from over 20 years of research.
Dr. Agrawal will teach us the coevolution battle between monarchs and their milkweed, differentiating between the various milkweed species and the natural history and biology of the monarch from caterpillar stage to becoming a butterfly.
From there, Dr. Agrawal will tell us about the monarch's migratory process, what triggers the start of that migration from either direction, and the fascinating, scientific fact of the multi generational migration process of the monarch.
About this week's guest on the Vegetable Gardening Show, Dr. Anurag Agrawal
Dr. Agrawal is Professor of Ecology, Entomology, and Evolution at Cornell University and has studied monarch butterflies and their interaction with milkweed plants for nearly 20 years.
His new book: Monarchs & Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Coevoltion, from Princeton University Press, will take you on a scientific journey of the monarch butterlfy and their main food source during caterpillar stage, milkweed.
Dr. Agrawal lectures widely and has published over 100 scientific studies.