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Monthly Archives: October 2017


Week 27

My partners, Tracy, and Evert measured the milkweed on Saturday morning. I couldn’t make it since I was sick. They measured milkweeds 514 to 545. They told me that the first half had more NEs than usual and there were…

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Short visit to the ditch

We had a very short and windy visit to the ditch today. Most of our plants weren’t emerged which made measuring go very fast. We did see a caterpillar and a turtle which was exciting!

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10/8/17 Our morning in the field.

Today my group, Amelia, Fiona and I went out to monitor our milkweeds starting at about 10 am. We had plants 230-261 which were mostly alive and healthy. It was super windy outside making it hard for us to measure…

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10/8/17 Our time Collecting Data

My group consisting of Iason and Faustino went out in the ditch today and we had a very windy day. We had a very dusty time and were coughing a lot. We had some dead plants as well as some…

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10-6-2017 Milkweed Adventures

Our segment had many large milkweeds that were more like bushes, so we saw plenty of insects. We measured a whole bunch of monarch caterpillars, most of them in their fifth instar. Walking up to a plant, we would see…

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Our Short Day on the Ditch

Today was easily the shortest day on the ditch, due to all the not emerged plants on our section of plants assigned. I think we will continue to see less emerged plants as we head deeper into the fall season….

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Our Afternoon In the Field

Today Emi, Stephanie and I measured our milkweeds, numbers 358 to 388, at 3:00 pm.  The temperature was perfect and there was a nice breeze.  Most of our Milkweeds were alive and very large.  We encountered several caterpillars in and…

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9/30

On Saturday morning, Taylor and I went out into the ditch to collect data. We came across some plants with many LAMBS in huge clusters. It also seems that many of the pods have burst, which I did not see…

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9/30 Trip

My partners, Claire Duisenberg and Theo Lam collected milkweed data on Saturday, 9/30. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to be there but they reported that they saw a lot of large milkweed bugs and tons of aphids, as you can see…

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3rd Week on the Ditch

This Saturday my group went monitoring milkweeds early, at 8 in the morning, and all of our data collection came smoothly. I have yet to see any monarchs, but we did see two fifth instar caterpillars, and a large praying…

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