Presentation on theme: "LIFE CYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY"— Presentation transcript:
1 LIFE CYCLE OF A BUTTERFLY CHALLENGE QUESTIONS1234EGGBUTTERFLYCATERPILLARCHRYSALIS
2 EGG STAGEThe egg of a monarch butterfly is very small and whiteYou can find them on what is called a milkweed plantThe eggs are usually laid between the months of March and AprilIt takes about 4 days for an egg to hatchMILKWEED
3 Did you know that the Monarch butterfly is known by scientists as Danaus plexippus? In Greek it literally means "sleepy transformation."
4 CATERPILLAR STAGE This could also be called a larva They normally grow to be about two inches longAfter hatching, the caterpillar is so small it can barely be seen.In just 9 to 14 days it is about " 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.
5 How long do monarchbutterflies live?Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks
6 CHRYSALIS STAGE This can also be called a pupa. To get here the caterpillar hangsupside-down in a “J” shape.They hang like this for about a day.At first the chrysalis is very soft, an hour later it hardens.
7 Where domonarchbutterfliesmigrate to?The middle of Mexico
8 BUTTERFLY STAGE 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 arewet and it is very fragile.It take the wings about an hour todry and become full size.It takes the butterfly 4-6 days inorder to mature so they can lay eggs.
9 How far domonarchbutterflies travela day when migrating?They move at a pace between 50 to 80 miles a day.
10 Fun FactsMonarch 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 aslarvae that eat their eggshells.When the caterpillars shed their skin they actually eat it.More Information!