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The Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus is commonly known as the Monarch Butterfly.  It is probably the most recognized North American butterfly with its familiar orange and black wings.

Butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle -- the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly.  Monarch butterflies go through four generations in one year, meaning that during one year, there are four different butterflies that go through each of these stages.  A female Monarch butterfly will lay her eggs on a Milkweed plant.  After about three to five days, the caterpillar will eat through the surface of the egg and break out onto the leaf.  At this stage, the tiny caterpillar is only 0.1 inches long.  The body of the caterpillar usually has nine brown rings and has three pairs of "true" legs that have claws attached and five pairs of prolegs that extend backwards. The Milkweed is the only food that a Monarch caterpillar will eat. 

After about two weeks of munching on Milkweed,  the caterpillar has grown to about 2 inches in length and enters the pupa stage.  The caterpillar stops eating to spin its cocoon.  After about 10 days, the miraculous transformation has occurred and the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon a beautiful Monarch butterfly.

 

Monarch butterfly on milkweed plant bloom.

Monarch Butterfly - 1

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Tiny Monarch butterfly egg attached to bottom of milkweed leaf.

Monarch Butterfly Egg -1 
On the underside of a Milkweed leaf.

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Monarch butterfly's egg.

Monarch Butterfly Egg - 2
On the underside of a Milkweed leaf.

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Monarch butterfly egg on underside of milkweed leaf.

Monarch Butterfly Egg -3 
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Monarch butterfly egg on milkweed.

Monarch Butterfly Egg - 4 
On the top of a Milkweed leaf.

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Tiny monarch caterpillar.

A tiny Monarch Caterpillar - 1 
On the underside of a Milkweed leaf.

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Large and small monarch caterpillar.

 A large and small Monarch Caterpillar on a Milkweed leaf - 2
Eggs are laid at various times, hence one can find large and small caterpillars on the same leaf.
On the underside of a Milkweed leaf.

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Large monarch caterpillar on milkweed stem.

Monarch Caterpillar - 3 on a Milkweed plant.

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Monarch caterpillar eating milkweed leaf.

Monarch Caterpillar - 4 munching on a Milkweed plant.

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Monarch caterpillar on milkweed plant.

Monarch Caterpillar - 5 munching on a Milkweed plant.

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Monarch caterpillar on leaf of milkweed plant.

Monarch Caterpillar - 6 munching on a Milkweed plant.

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Monarch caterpillar on leaf of milkweed.

Monarch Caterpillar - 7 munching on a Milkweed plant.

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Are You Baffled 
by Bugs ?

Did you know...

That all insects are bugs, but not all bugs are insects!

 


"I dreamed
 I was a butterfly,
 flitting around 
in the sky; 
then I awoke.  
Now I wonder:  
Am I a man 
who dreamt 
of being a butterfly, 
or am I a butterfly
dreaming 
that I am a man?"

~ Chuang Tse ~
Chinese philosopher

 

Insects have 3 body parts:  a head, thorax and abdomen.  They also have six legs and two antennae.

Spiders and Scorpions have eight legs and are not considered insects!

 

According to some sources, the total number of insect species is somewhere between 15 and 30 million!

There are 900,000 known species in the world.

 

Insane About Insects ?

 

Did you know...

Scorpions can live for more than one year without eating!

 

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth, but only the female mosquitoe bites using it's proboscis.

Fireflies, sometimes called Lightningbugs, are not true bugs or flies.  They are beetles!

Every year, insects eat about one third of the world's food crops.

Only male crickets can chirp.  They will chirp faster in warm weather.  

Most insects hatch from eggs.

The average bed contains 2-6 million dust mites!

 

Are You An Enthusiastic
Entomologist ?

Did you know...

Every year, the average person eats several insects while sleeping.  

Insects breath through a complicated network of air tubes called tracheae that open along the sides of the insects body.

Nearly all insect growth involves metamorphosis.

The average housefly lives only two weeks!

A female ladybug lays about 1000 eggs in her lifetime.

Honeybees fly at a speed of 13-15 mph.

Even though spiders have eight eyes, they still can't see very well.

A cockroach can live up to 9 days without its head!

 

 

 

 

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