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The Life Cycle Of The Monarch Butterfly


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  • 1. The Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly By: Sara Kailing Ed. 205-09 Quit
  • 2. Monarch Butterfly Stage 1 Egg Stage 2 Caterpillar Stage 3 Chrysalis Stage 4 Butterfly About The Author Quit Resources Video Concept Map Fun Facts Migration Butterfly Puzzle Migration Map
  • 3. Stage 1- Egg Stage Quit
    • Butterflies lay their eggs on the underside of leaves.
    • Monarch butterflies will lay their eggs only on the milkweed plant.
    • Eggs with hatch into larvae in about four days.
  • 4. Stage 2- Caterpillar (Larvae)
    • When a caterpillar first hatches it is very small.
    • Monarch caterpillars eat only milkweed leaves.
    • The milkweed that the monarch caterpillars eat is poisonous. The poison stays in their bodies so that animals will not eat them.
    • In order for the monarch to grow it must shed it’s skin.
    • The caterpillar stage is two weeks long.
  • 5. Stage 3- Chrysalis (Pupa)
    • The caterpillar turns into a butterfly in the pupa stage.
    • The caterpillar hangs upside down and forms a silk cocoon from it’s old skin.
    • Inside the chrysalis the monarch forms wings and adult organs.
    • The pupa stage is two weeks.
  • 6. Stage 4- Adult Butterfly Quit
    • When the butterfly comes out of it’s cocoon it hangs upside down to dry it’s wings and make them strong.
    • The butterfly can then fly.
    • Butterflies eat flower nectar through their new straw like mouth.
  • 7. Life Cycle Video Quit
  • 8. The Great Migration
    • Monarch butterflies live across the country during the warm months (March-October).
    • When fall comes the butterflies begin to fly 2,500 miles south to Mexico or California.
    • Once they reach the warmer climate the butterflies hibernate. Their heart rate slows and they rest for the winter.
    • When spring comes the butterflies fly back to the areas they came from.
  • 9. Migration Map
    • Monarchs fly south for the winter.
    • During spring time the butterflies are on their way back from Mexico.
    • Once summer comes the butterflies are back to lay their eggs.
  • 10. Fun Facts Quit
    • The monarch butterfly has tiny receptors on their feet that they taste with.
    • Monarch butterflies new it to be at least 50 degrees in order to fly.
    • The monarch caterpillar does not have bones. Instead it has over 1,000 muscles helping the caterpillar crawl wherever it needs to go!
  • 11. Butterfly Puzzle Quit
  • 12. About the Author
    • My name is Sara Kailing and I am currently attending Grand Valley State University in order to become an elementary educator. Someday I hope to teach language arts to elementary age students.
    • You can e-mail me at: [email_address]
  • 13. Resources
  • 14. Concept Map Quit