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    Frozen in Time – Overwintering Caterpillars at the Minnesota Zoo

Frozen in Time – Overwintering Caterpillars at the Minnesota Zoo

Did you know that many species of insects survive Minnesota winters by “hibernating” throughout the cold months? While some insects, such as the monarch butterfly, Read More


Time to wake up the caterpillars!

Many butterflies like Monarchs and Red Admirals migrate south to escape Minnesota’s frigid winters and return in the spring when the weather becomes gentler. Not Read More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019|Butterflies, Conservation|

Gardening for Spring Butterflies

Just weeks after our blizzard, Minnesotans are eagerly emerging from winter hibernation, and so are our butterflies! Looking for a way to satisfy your gardening Read More

Thursday, May 3, 2018|Butterflies, Get Involved|

Endangered Prairie Butterfly Breeds in the Wild Again!

This 4th of July, Minnesota Zoo staff were celebrating, but not just for the reason you might expect. An endangered prairie butterfly was seen breeding Read More


Happy National Pollinator Week!

Happy National Pollinator Week! Pollinators do a lot, sustaining wild ecosystems and providing 35% of our food. But what are pollinators? Pollinators are animals that Read More


Plant for Pollinator Top 5

Happy National Pollinator Week!  Bees, butterflies and other animals pollinate most wild plants, as well as at least a third of our food. Pollinators have Read More


Buzzing About Bumbles

As new homeowners, my family is buzzing about, unpacking boxes. We are eager though for more buzzing as the weather warms: the buzz of bumble Read More

Wednesday, March 29, 2017|Butterflies, Conservation|

Butterfly Brew

Minnesota’s prairie butterflies and other pollinators are vanishing along with most of their habitat. The Dakota skipper, a beautiful prairie butterfly, is on the verge of Read More