The Life Cycle Of The Monarch Butterfly


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The Life Cycle Of The Monarch Butterfly

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