Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch is one of the so called Milkweed Butterflys. It is the best known of all the butterflies, and noted for it's yearly migration. Every fall large flocks of them fly south to Southern California and Mexico and in the spring they return north to their breeding areas, some as far as southern Canada.

Three or four broods of Monarchs can be produced in a season. The Monarch larva feed on milkweed, the juice of which makes them unappitizing to birds. The Larvae is a black, yellow and white striped caterpiller that is about 2 inches long when fully grown. At this time the catterpiller weaves it's cacoon and goes into hibernation. The coocoon (pupa) is leaf green with gold flecks on it. The development from egg to butterfly takes about 1 month.

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