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Monarchs and milkweed : a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution, Anurag Agrawal

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Monarchs and milkweed : a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution
Title
Monarchs and milkweed
Title remainder
a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution
Statement of responsibility
Anurag Agrawal
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Monarch butterflies are one of nature's most recognizable creatures, known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico. Yet there is much more to the monarch than its distinctive presence and mythic journeying. In Monarchs and Milkweed, Anurag Agrawal presents a vivid investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved closely alongside the milkweed--a toxic plant named for the sticky white substance emitted when its leaves are damaged--and how this inextricable and intimate relationship has been like an arms race over the millennia, a battle of exploitation and defense between two fascinating species. The monarch life cycle begins each spring when it deposits eggs on milkweed leaves. But this dependency of monarchs on milkweeds as food is not reciprocated, and milkweeds do all they can to poison or thwart the young monarchs. Agrawal delves into major scientific discoveries, including his own pioneering research, and traces how plant poisons have not only shaped monarch-milkweed interactions but have also been culturally important for centuries. Agrawal presents current ideas regarding the recent decline in monarch populations, including habitat destruction, increased winter storms, and lack of milkweed--the last one a theory that the author rejects. He evaluates the current sustainability of monarchs and reveals a novel explanation for their plummeting numbers. Lavishly illustrated with more than eighty color photos and images, Monarchs and Milkweed takes readers on an unforgettable exploration of one of nature's most important and sophisticated evolutionary relationships
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Agrawal, Anurag A
Dewey number
595.78/9
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QL561.D3
LC item number
A47 2017
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QL561.D3
NAL item number
A47 2017
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monarch butterfly
  • Milkweed butterflies
  • Milkweeds
  • Coevolution
  • Monarch butterfly
  • Insect-plant relationships
Label
Monarchs and milkweed : a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution, Anurag Agrawal
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Welcome to the monarchy -- The arms race -- The chemistry of medicine and poison -- Waiting, mating, and migrating -- Hatching and defending -- Saving up to raise a family -- The milkweed village -- The autumn migration -- Long live the monarchy!
Control code
ocn958799669
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 283 pages
Isbn
9780691166353
Lccn
2016034053
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99976060143
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)958799669
Label
Monarchs and milkweed : a migrating butterfly, a poisonous plant, and their remarkable story of coevolution, Anurag Agrawal
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-270) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Welcome to the monarchy -- The arms race -- The chemistry of medicine and poison -- Waiting, mating, and migrating -- Hatching and defending -- Saving up to raise a family -- The milkweed village -- The autumn migration -- Long live the monarchy!
Control code
ocn958799669
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 283 pages
Isbn
9780691166353
Lccn
2016034053
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
99976060143
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)958799669

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