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Monarch Butterflies

Everyone has seen these amazing butterflies in their own back yard, but you might not have realized what they went through to get there!


Life Cycle




Did you know.....

- Monarch butterflies go through prolonged stages of metamorphosis, starting with eggs, then into a larval stage, to a caterpillar, a pupa and then to a butterfly.

- Monarch caterpillars are voracious eaters, and gain about 2700 times their original weight.
- In one summer season, generations of monarch butterflies will live. The first few
generations hardly survive 6 weeks, but the generation born in the late summer will migrate south to spend the winter.  

- Monarch butterflies in this area migrate to parts of Mexico to winter, traveling 50-100 miles a day. It can take up to 2 months to complete their journey to their winter habitats.