Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Monarch

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Eric, Probably stupid question - but when a Monarch is ready to die - does its wings get tattered & its color fade? Either that, or the darling stepdaughter left the door open & a cat got it enough to shred it without killing it.  I think I'm going to take it outside to 'euthanize' it in the cold. So this is how the story ends,....

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Lisa:

Butterflies get tattered in nature, too.  Probably takes them a little *longer* to get beat up when there aren't four walls and numerous objects to bump into, but it is a natural course of events.  Just don't beat *yourself* up!  You were doing what you thought was the right thing, hoping for a "teachable moment," all that good stuff.  Nothing wrong with what you did.

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

Experience

Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

Education/Credentials
Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

Awards and Honors
One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

Past/Present Clients
Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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