Re: SOC/BIO: Rifkins "worldwide moratorium"

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 08:18:32 MDT

Brian D Williams wrote:
> From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> >Are there butterflies that look exactly like Monaroch butterflies,
> >and which migrate at the same time of the year as monarch
> >butterflies???
> Actually Monarchs have a couple of mimics because of the fact that
> they store milkweed toxin and are inedible. The Viceroy is the best
> known of these and looks just like a Monarch only slightly smaller.
> I don't know what they eat..... ;)

Ok, perhaps that is what I see munching on the dung all the time. In any event,
as Ryan has said, since corn, in fact, doesn't cover all THAT much land area in
the Monarch flyways (primarily along the coasts), though I know it seems like
everything is corn to someone in Illinois. ;)

I would like to see what presence there is of this plant produced pesticide in
the nectar, if that is all they eat. If its only present in the leaves and
stalks, then its presence should be irrelevant for the butterfly.

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