Patch Size Dynamics
Monitor the number of eggs and larvae as a function of patch size (area and total number of plants) to determine optimum patch-size variables.
Effects of Best Management Practices
Use of regression analyses to determine if mowing, prescribed burning, and grazing are important factors influencing milkweed or monarch variables.
Relationship Between Fire Ant Mounds and Monarch Eggs and Larvae
In areas where the density of fire ant mounds demonstrate quantifiable spatial variation, determine if the number of monarch eggs and larvae vary as a function fire ant mound density and/or proximity.