Monarch Butterfly

My Home: I am found on all continents except the polar region. I migrate great distances in the winter, from Canada all the way to Mexico.

What I eat: As a caterpillar, I will only eat the leaves and stems of the milkweed plant. As an adult, I drink the nectar from flowers or the juices from fruit.

What I look like: My wings are approximately three inches from tip to tip and my body is about one inch long. I have a black body and my wings are orange and yellow with black lines running through them. My wings also have a black border with white spots around the edges.

How I am born: I will go through four stages of development: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult (butterfly). The female Monarch can lay up to 400 eggs on the leaves or stems of the milkweed plant. I am hatched from an egg and become a caterpillar. After a few weeks of eating and getting bigger, I make my chrysalis). It takes me a few more weeks before I emerge as a butterfly.

Fun Facts Each year monarch butterflies fly up to 2,000 miles from northeastern North America to Mexico. Recent experiments show that Monarchs navigate using the earth’s magnetic field. How cool is that?!