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Monarch Butterfly  Danaus plexippus                     Life Cycle                                  ©Stephen Pitt 2008-2016                                                                                                                        




                                                                     

 Monarch depositing egg on Milkweed                                                                                                                                                                                Egg                                                                                                                                            The larva is about 2mm long                                                                                                                                                                  




                                                    

     The remnant of the caterpillar's former skin is shed, revealing a larger one underneath.                                                                                                          This larva is about 45mm long and close to ending it's feeding cycle.  Soon it will begin the search for a suitable location to hang and pupate.


                                                                                                                                                                          All imagery © Stephen Pitt 2008-2016
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

     The otherwise green, translucent pupa turns transparent a day or two before the adult emerges.                                                                                                            >                                                                                                                                                                   >                                                                                                                                                                         >                                                                                                                                                                     >                                                                                                                                                                      >

                                                                                                                                                                                         




Eye of the Monarch                                                                                                                                     




                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


                                                                                                





 
It is about 2 mm long-a first instar Caterpillar,  5-16-2011