Life Cycle of Monarch Buttefly

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Life Cycle of Monarch Buttefly





Interesting FactsMonarchs flap their wings about 5 to 12 times a second, which is about 300 to 720 times a minute. A male monarch has a black spot on the inside surface of its hindwing while the female does not.They fly at speeds ranging between 12 to 25 miles an hour.

MetamorphisisFirst Stage: The EggAdult female monarchs lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. These eggs hatch, depending on temperature, in three to twelve days. Second Stage: The LarvaThe larvae feed on the plant leaves for about two weeks and develop into caterpillars about 2 inches long. Third Stage: ChrysalisThe chrysalis resembles a waxy, jade vase and becomes increasingly transparent as the process progresses.

The Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

The caterpillar completes the miraculous transformation into a beautiful adult butterfly in about two weeks.Stage Four: AdultThe butterfly finally emerges from the now transparent chrysalis. Breaking out of the chrysalis takes a lot of energy, so once the butterfly has rested it will pump blood into its wings. Then the butterfly is able to flap their wings and fly away!

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Listen to this song all about Metamorphisis and the Monarch Butterfly's migration to Mexico

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