Saturday, August 04, 2007

Monarch Life Cycle

All pictures taken this July, hands and arms provided by my kids (who also found the caterpillars). If you want more information, check out John Himmelman's A Monarch Butterfly's Life (check out these pictures!), and some of the links at the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.


Sandy D. said...

And if you're wondering why the leaf in the egg picture doesn't look like your milkweed, it's because it's swamp milkweed (see here and here).

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

So THAT'S what monarch larvae look like. Interesting.

All our attempts to see such creatures through their transformations haven't worked out. The ladybug larvae died before making cocoons, and the tadpoles we caught (just 3) died shortly after their legs appeared! (The guinea pig is still fine, though.)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure how you got monarchs from those eggs, because monarch eggs are creamy white and look kind of like footballs.

Those look more like "cabbage white butterfly eggs".