Handcrafted flamework glass bead. Cleaned and properly annealed. Ready for stringing. 2 3/16" x 1 9/16" x 0.5". Oval tab shape. 2018.
The iconic Monarchs (Danaus plexippus), portrayed here as chrysalis, larva, and adult on their desert host plant, desert milkweed (Asclepias subulata, have won admiration for their remarkable migration as adults from as far as southern Canada to a handful of wintering grounds in Central Mexico, a 2,000 mile journey, where they survive the season in a torpor on oyamel firs. Come spring, these adults fly northwards, laying eggs on the way that as adults continue the journey northwards. Another two generations develop on the summer breeding grounds. The final, longer-lived generation completes the cycle by migrating south. Monarchs east of the Rockies overwinter in Mexico, and west of the Rockies overwinter in California. Those that pass through Arizona have been found in both wintering grounds.
With less than 10% of Monarchs successfully conquering a multitude of obstacles along their life cycle, including loss of habitat, predators, weather, auto strikes, pesticides and herbicides, their population status appears dire. You can help by planting milkweed, advocating for their habitat and against herbicides and pesticides, and assisting in citizen science research.
Arizona Artist: Laurie Nessel.
On view at Grotto Gallery "Hope Springs Eternal" exhibit which runs through June 21st, 2018 in downtown Tempe, Arizona.