Where do monarchs lay their eggs?
The butterfly lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves of the milkweed plant. If there is no milkweed, there can be no monarchs.
How many eggs do they lay?
The monarch butterfly can lay about a maximum of 250 eggs per day at the rate of one egg at a time.
What is the Life Cycle of a Monarch?
Monarchs can produce four generations during one summer. The first three generations will have life spans ranging 2 – 6 weeks and will continue moving north. During this time they will mate and have the next generation that will continue the northward migration. The fourth generation is different and can live up to nine months. These are the butterflies that will migrate south for the winter to either Mexico or southern California and return North for the first leg of the Northern Migration in the spring of the following year. Amazing!
What does the monarch caterpillar eat?
Monarch caterpillars eat only the leaves of the milkweed plant. The butterflies use their eyes to locate flowers, their antennas to smell the nectar and minute receptors in their feet to taste sweet substances .
No Milkweed means No Monarchs!