Sunday 1 October 2023

The Life Cycle of Monarch Butterfly - Nature 95

We just observe 3 stages development (metamorphosis) of Monarch butterfly in nature, they are: eggs, larvae (caterpillar) and pupa (chrysalis).


Image 1- Butterfly eggs, attached on the leaf

Summer is a monarch butterfly mating season; the female produces up to 500 eggs in one season.

Eggs need 4 days for hatching, but no more than 20% will hatch, due to several factors, include predators, parasites, climate, and even pesticides.

Insects are main predators of Monarch butterfly eggs; other predators are spiders and birds. 

Larvae (caterpillar) stage is about 10 to 14 days in normal condition of summer temperature and available of foods.


Image 2- Larvae (caterpillar), crawling on the leaf

Caterpillar then transform to Pupa stage. Pupa needs at least 15 days to transform to be adult butterfly. Then, butterfly ready to fly and start new life cycle.


Image 3- The pupa stage of Monarch butterfly.

Have you seen these 3 stages of Monarch butterfly metamorphosis in nature?

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  1. No hay nada como ver la trasformación de la mariposa su metamorfosis es digna de una tesis.
    Un abrazo, feliz semana.

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  2. Fascinating! I have never seen butterfly eggs.

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  3. Only on photo blog on here lol

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  4. Thank you for this interesting post.

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  5. Seeing these images reminds me of the life cycle of silkworms that for a long time I had and cared for with care to see them grow make their cocoons and then leave the butterflies that laid the eggs and start the cycle again.
    Happy week.
    Best regards.

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    1. great that you had taken care of silkworms....

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  6. Lucky you to be able to observe this transformation !
    Have a nice week !
    Anna

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  7. Interessantes informações sobre o desenvolvimento das borboletas. Boa partilha, minha amiga.
    Votos de uma excelente semana!
    Beijinho.

    Mário Margaride

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  8. A natureza é linda!
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    QUERO VOLTAR...

    Beijos e uma excelente semana.

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  9. I have never seen the 3 stages of metamorphosis, but I think it would be so much fun. Any day I can see a butterfly is a good day!

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    1. interesting to watch.....

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  11. I see....

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    We just observe 3 stages development (metamorphosis) of Monarch butterfly in nature, they are: eggs, larvae (caterpillar) and pupa (chrysalis).

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  12. Interesting post, I love the caterpillar. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week ahead.

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  13. We saw several caterpillars yesterday on our hike. I like to notice the different stages when I walk slow and observe!

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