September 14, 2021
The Jim Tobin Monarch Waystation, located near the museum's outdoor plaza, is currently teeming with life! VMNH Trades Technician Joe Dillon captured these pictures of numerous monarch caterpillars and a monarch chrysalis during his daily rounds.
The Jim Tobin Monarch Waystation is a designated outdoor area that provides all of the resources necessary for monarch butterflies to successfully sustain their migration. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall.
The waystation is named in honor of Jim Tobin, who served as the Executive Director of Piedmont Community Services in southern Virginia for over 30 years and has generously given his time and treasures to both the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Dan River Basin Association over many years.