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Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle

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Explaining the stages in the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly.

Explaining the stages in the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly.

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  • 1. Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle
    By Emily Munro
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2760/4349825055_29f3a1f332_o.png
  • 2. Monarch egg
    • Eggs are laid on milkweed plants.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kiwinz/3350543945/
  • 3. Monarch egg
    • It takes around four days for the egg to hatch.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderferret/390903911/in/photostream/
  • 4. Larva
    • Once they hatch the baby caterpillars are called larva.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wonderferret/390901729/
  • 5. Growth
    • They eat and eat for about two weeks.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/russellbernice/255200436/
  • 6. “J”
    • When they are full grown and ready to turn in to a butterfly they hang in a “J”.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elisfanclub/4577150091/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  • 7. Chrysalis
    • They begin to turn in to a chrysalis or pupa.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/oakleyoriginals/3972597389/in/photostream/
  • 8. Chrysalis
    • They are a chrysalis for 9-12 days.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elisfanclub/4577783826/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 9. Chrysalis
    • As it gets closer to emerging, the chrysalis becomes more clear.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiswango/2424922027/
  • 10. About to Emerge
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27948818@N05/3086525910/
  • 11. Butterfly!
    • When the Butterfly first emerges its wings are soft and wrinkled.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabeel/3625617449/in/photostream/
  • 12. Butterfly!
    • The Monarch hangs upside down until its wings are flat and hard.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabeel/3625628155/in/photostream/
  • 13. Butterfly!
    • It then flies off to start the cycle all over again.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/calliope/207429356/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  • 14. Sources
    http://www.fs.fed.us/monarchbutterfly/faqs.shtml
    http://askabiologist.asu.edu/monarch-life-cycle

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