Topic – Life of a Monarch Butterfly

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Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly

Find out what happens in the life of a monarch butterfly.


A monarch butterfly lays tiny eggs on the leaves of a milkweed plant. The eggs stay there for a few days until it is the right time to hatch.


An egg hatches and out comes a tiny caterpillar. The caterpillar eats milkweed leaves to grow bigger. Soon the caterpillar is too big for its skin. The caterpillar sheds its old skin. The new skin underneath is bigger. The caterpillar keeps eating and shedding its skin as it grows.


The caterpillar hangs from a branch, then makes a chrysalis (say it like this: kris-a-lis). Inside, the caterpillar
turns into a butterfly.


After about nine days, a monarch butterfly breaks out of the chrysalis. The butterfly flies around and lands on flowers. The butterfly eats nectar. Nectar is a sweet liquid inside flowers. Soon the monarch butterfly will be ready to lay eggs.

Fun Facts

  Monarch butterflies are easy to spot because of their bold orange, black, and white markings.

  Monarch butterflies use their antennae to smell things.

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