Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars
Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar
22nd September, 2009
Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle:
First the Monarch butterfly caterpillar comes out of its egg. Then it eats a lot of Milkweed. Then it moults and eats a lot more and it does this moult a few times. When it is about seven to eight centimetres long, it hangs upside down and attaches itself to the branch or other surface (One caterpillar is attached to the bottom of our kitchen drawer; Another one is underneath a kitchen chair!).
After about a day or two the exoskeleton peels off and a soft green chrysalis appears. We saw this happen to our monarch butterfly caterpillar on the 22nd of September, 2009.
This hardens in one or two hours and later turns turns dark bluish green. When it breaks open a beautiful monarch butterfly comes out of its chrysalis and flies away. When the days gets colder it will fly to a warmer place and lay its eggs there on a milk weed plant and sometimes the baby of those eggs will fly to the exact plant the mother or father came from. Monarch butterflies can live for different amounts of time from 6-8 weeks to 6-8 months depending on where the monarch caterpillars are born and the time of the year.
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Nature Journal On-line.
Oct 21, 19 10:00 AM
Suzannah Rowntree led a workshop on Home Education Graduates in May, 2015 and I have stumbled on it once again, and since it's so good, I would like to share it with you all. The article describes in…
Oct 18, 19 11:00 AM
"At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as colouring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in…
Oct 16, 19 05:19 AM
"Most WA children’s experience of learning involves going to school and sitting behind a desk for hours on end surrounded by 20-30 others and being taught a structured curriculum by a teacher. But a r…