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1 The Monarch Butterfly by Sara Endler and Tress Riley

2 Danaidae Scientific Genus and Species: Danaus plexippus Class: Insecta (insects) Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies) Family: Danaidae (Milkweed butterfly family) Genus: Danaus Species: plexippus

3 Monarch Life Cycle

4 From Egg to Larva Eggs on Milkweed **Larva eating its first meal – its shell** Eggs hatch in 3-12 days predators: ants, spiders, mites, and wasps

5 What do Monarch Larva Eat? MilkweedWhy?  Milkweed produces chemicals in the Monarch which are toxic to predators, such as birds!

6 Larva to Pupa  Larger Larva  Journey to Pupa Larva feeds on Milkweed for 2 weeks. (2 inch long caterpillers.)

7 From Pupa to Adult  Closed Pupa  Coming Out! Spends 2 weeks in the pupa. Becomes transparent over time.

8 Adults Males and Females  Males have scent glands to produce pheromones.  Females have thicker veins and no dots. thicker veinsscent glands

9 Monarch’s Life Cycle Timeline StageTime EggHatch in 3-12 days (usually in 4 days) Larva2 Weeks Pupa2 Weeks Adult2-6 Weeks

10 Predators Black Backed Oriole Black Headed Grosbeak mice and voles

11 What’s So Special??? Resource:

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13 Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly Reserve (for Hibernation)

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15 Monarch Links  Monarch Butterfly Website Monarch Butterfly Website  Monarch Butterfly - Journey North Monarch Butterfly - Journey North  Monarch Butterfly USA Monarch Butterfly USA  Monarch Watch - Education and Conservation Monarch Watch - Education and Conservation  National Geographic Video National Geographic Video


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