Monarch Butterfly  Danaus plexippus                     Life Cycle                    
Butterflies
                               
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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
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                                                                                                                                                                          All imagery © Stephen Pitt 2008-2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

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

                                                                                                                                                                                            All imagery © Stephen Pitt 2008-2013




Eye of the Monarch                                                                                                                                     




                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


                                                                         All imagery © Stephen Pitt 2008-2013





 






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