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.