The egg of a monarch butterfly is very small and white You can find them on what is called a milkweed plant The eggs are usually laid between the months of March and April It takes about 4 days for an egg to hatch MILKWEED
Did you know that the Monarch butterfly is known by scientists as Danaus plexippus? In Greek it literally means "sleepy transformation."
This could also be called a larva They normally grow to be about two inches long After hatching, the caterpillar is so small it can barely be seen. In just 9 to 14 days it is about 2" long and is now full grown. A caterpillar has eight pair of legs, the first three pair of legs later become the butterfly's legs.
Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks How long do monarch butterflies live?
This can also be called a pupa. o get here the caterpillar hangs upside-down in a “J” shape. hey hang like this for about a day. At first the chrysalis is very soft, an hour later it hardens.
Where do monarch butterflies migrate to? The middle of Mexico
The butterfly stays in the chrysalis from 9-14 days. You are able to see it change from green to orange and black. When it emerges the wings are wet and it is very fragile. It take the wings about an hour to dry and become full size. It takes the butterfly 4-6 days in order to mature so they can lay eggs.
They move at a pace between 50 to 80 miles a day. How far do monarch butterflies travel a day when migrating?
Monarch butterflies are the only insect to migrate up to 2,500 miles to get out of the cold weather and hibernate. Did you know that monarch butterflies are poisonous? The female Monarch lays about 400 eggs on the underside of a separate leaves of milkweed plants. Monarch butterflies begin life as eggs and hatch as larvae that eat their eggshells. When the caterpillars shed their skin they actually eat it. More Information!