The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly

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The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly : 

The Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly By Elizabeth Stocker ED 205-1 Quit

The Monarch Butterfly : 

The Monarch Butterfly Facts Larvae Pupa Butterfly Picture Story Where does it live? Spot the butterflies A monarch being born Summing it up About the Author Resources Quit

Facts about Monarch Butterflies : 

Facts about Monarch Butterflies The monarch butterfly is sometimes called the "milkweed butterfly” The Milkweed plant is the only thing the butterfly larvae can eat!  Adult female monarchs lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves.  These eggs hatch, depending on temperature, in three to twelve days. Quit

Monarch Larvae : 

Monarch Larvae The monarch first hatch as larvae. The larvae then feed on milkweed plant leaves for two weeks After two weeks, the larvae develops into caterpillars that are about 2 inches long. Quit

Pupa : 

Pupa The caterpillars attach themselves to a twig and shed their outer skin to begin the transformation into a pupa (or chrysalis). This takes only a few hours. Quit

Finally a Butterfly! : 

Finally a Butterfly! After two weeks, the butterfly emerges from the Chrysalis.  It inflates its wings with astorage of blood that is kept in its abdomen.  The butterfly waits until its wings stiffen and dry. It’s tired after all that work! The monarch then flies away to start the cycle of life all over again. Quit

The Transformation in Pictures : 

The Transformation in Pictures Click on the picture below to see a photo story of the Transformation process! Quit

Where Do They Live? : 

Where Do They Live? The Monarch Butterfly lives in the North during the spring and migrates to Texas and Mexico during the winter. Quit

Slide 9: 

During the migration, the butterflies travel together in very large groups! Can you spot the Monarch Butterflies? Look closely at the picture. What looks like orange leaves are actually millions of Monarch Butterflies! Quit

A Monarch Being Born : 

A Monarch Being Born Click on the link to watch a video of a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis! Quit

Summing It Up! : 

Summing It Up! Quit Click on the image to view a video about monarch butterflies!

About the Author : 

About the Author Hi! My name is Elizabeth Stocker and I will be graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2012. I am majoring in English Language Arts with a minor in Elementary Education. I love working with children and plan on teaching K-2. I have always been interested in butterflies. If you have any comments or questions feel free to email me at Quit

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