Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution

Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Mann Library, Stern Seminar Room 160 Cornell University Mann Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Known for their bright colors and epic annual migration from the United States and Canada to Mexico, monarch butterflies are beautiful and complicated creatures of nature. Facing mounting challenges in today’s environment, Anurag Agrawal presents a detailed investigation into how the monarch butterfly has evolved in his new book Monarchs and Milkweed (Princeton University Press; April 11, 2017).

Join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk hosted by Mann Library, to learn more about the intimate and inextricable relationship between the milkweed and the monarch. Agrawal uncovers a battle of exploitation and defense between these two fascinating species and delves into major scientific discoveries, including his own pioneering research. He traces how plant poisons have not only shaped monarch-milkweed interactions but have also been culturally important for centuries.

Anurag Agrawal is professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and entomology at Cornell University.

Buffalo Street Books will offer books for purchase and signing. Refreshments served.

The book talk series at Mann Library is supported by the Mary A. Morrison Public Education Fund. 

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Author Appearance, Lecture, Presentation


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Lynn Bertoia

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(607) 255-5406


Anurag Agrawal

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Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Entomology

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