New at the Zoo - pollinators

Category: pollinators

How to Help Pollinators in Your Own Backyard

The Zoo’s pollinator grow zones, planted with native grass and wildflowers, have been growing for five years now. After planting native milkweed last fall, this is the first spring we’ve seen monarch eggs and caterpillars in our gardens!   This monarch caterpillar (left) is less than half an inch long! After two weeks of eating milkweed, the caterpillar will form a chrysalis. After another week, the insect will emerge as an adult monarch butterfly.     ... Read More
at Friday, April 22, 2022

Monarchs Return to Texas - Monarch Butterfly Day

In 2018, Fort Worth City Council proclaimed Oct. 6 as Monarch Butterfly Day. In 2019, Fort Worth, Texas was named as a Monarch Butterfly Champion City by the National Wildlife Federation’s Mayors’ Monarch Pledge program for its commitment to monarch conservation, becoming only the fourth city in North America to be recognized with the honor. Monarchs travel through Texas each year during their journey south to Mexico, but the monarch population has dwindled due to loss of habitat... Read More
at Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Where Are All the Monarch Butterflies?

Pollinator Week: Where Are All the Monarch Butterflies? Characterized with striking black, white and orange markings, the monarch butterfly populates much of North, Central and South America as well as some Pacific Islands, India, Australia and Western Europe. Many Texans may recall the days of seeing monarchs flutter regularly around spring flowers, but those days are harder to come by as the monarch population has declined more than 90% in the past 20 years largely due to habitat... Read More
at Tuesday, June 22, 2021