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    GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT

    The Monarch Butterfly starts life as an egg, a tiny cream colored oval just over 1.2 mm in size. Unfortunately, 90% to 95% of all eggs never hatch. They are eaten by ants and spiders, and fed to their developing young.

    If one is hunting for Monarch eggs to bring inside to protect and hatch, it takes some practice to recognize a Monarch egg. If that white speck moves, it may be an aphid instead of a Monarch egg.

    In 3-4 days the eggs hatch into caterpillars. The caterpillar goes through 5 major stages of growth, and after each stage, molts, producing a caterpillar larger than the pre-molt caterpillar, increasing size by over 2000 times.
    At this stage the young Monarchs are much more recognizable, with their distinctive black, white, and yellow banding. They are also 25 to 45 mm long, a FANTASTIC growth from a 1.2 mm egg! After approximately 2 weeks the caterpillar stops eating and searches for a pupation site (a place to make a crysillis, NOT a cocoon). Females seem to want to create their crysillis sooner than males. Males seem hesitant to pupate, and try to stall as long as possible, eating as much as possible.
    The crysillis is a beautiful Jade Green, with a small band of gold dots, not the gold color the scan shows in this card.

    In 10 days (to 2 weeks) an adult Monarch butterfly emerges from its crysillis.
    Research indicates that almost all Monarch butterflies emerge at 8:00 in the morning.
    I originally found that figure almost unbelievable, but in the 20 years I have been raising (hundreds of) Monarch, only 3 have NOT followed that alarm clock.
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    I find that 8am number pretty cool! I've had some emerge, but once we had to delay dinner to watch one emerge ~ a room full of awestruck adults too! Then I had one emerge right at lunch time so I had an entire kindergarten and 1st grade classes late to the cafeteria! Priorities, you know!

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    LOVE your priorities, Rosa!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosa View Post
    I find that 8am number pretty cool! I've had some emerge, but once we had to delay dinner to watch one emerge ~ a room full of awestruck adults too! Then I had one emerge right at lunch time so I had an entire kindergarten and 1st grade classes late to the cafeteria! Priorities, you know!

    I got to thinking.....
    My data about the 8 AM butterfly emergence comes from the University of Minnesota, and I live in Minnesota. So perhaps that is the reason my data agrees with their data.

    Since you live in a different time zone, that could easily affect a lot of timing in the world of the Monarch.

    You have given me something to think about.
    Thank you for my next research project.
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    When the Butterfly emerges, one can even determine their gender.
    The Males are slightly larger than he females, and the males have two black spots, one on each half oth each lower hind wing. The spots are tiny pigmented scales, but they look like baby buttons.

    Male Monarch
    .....Stamped Flowers with Crystal centers
    .....Three Paper Flowers
    .....Cut out Monarch Butterfly
    .....Two tiny buttons where the Male Spots are
    .....Butterfly corner punch in upper left corner

    Guys and Dolls
    .....One Monarch Butterfly is male
    .....One Monarch Butterfly is female
    .....Dancing to the Music of their Mate Date
    Can you tell which is which?
    See previous card if you need assistance
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    I just took photos of the monarchs traveling through South Dakota. I want to join!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cookieman View Post
    I just took photos of the monarchs traveling through South Dakota. I want to join!

    How fantastic.
    If you can post your photos to this thread, that would be
    AWESOME!!!!!

    I signed you up.
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    No answers as to which is the boy Monarch and which is the girl Monarch from Post #27?

    The answer is also in the thread, if you look! :0)

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    the flowered one is the male

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosa View Post
    the flowered one is the male

    You are CORRECT!!!!!
    You win the prize...
    I don't know what you won, but I'll think of something fun.

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    milkweed and monarchs

    Lurking. I need to make sure I get everything done that I have to do before I attempt this very interesting swap. In the meantime thank you for bringing about awareness of the smaller populations of Monarchs. I just ordered some cheap milkweed seeds. But I also realized that we have them growing wild just down the road. But I can't wait to grow them in my garden.

    Attaching a photo of milkweed that I took back in 2012. This makes me want to go and see if I can spot them again now. I know where they grow.

    We get a white monarch here where I live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fairydust View Post
    Lurking. I need to make sure I get everything done that I have to do before I attempt this very interesting swap. In the meantime thank you for bringing about awareness of the smaller populations of Monarchs. I just ordered some cheap milkweed seeds. But I also realized that we have them growing wild just down the road. But I can't wait to grow them in my garden.

    Attaching a photo of milkweed that I took back in 2012. This makes me want to go and see if I can spot them again now. I know where they grow.

    We get a white monarch here where I live.

    Lurkers always welcome.
    Hope you can come back and participate.
    Thank you for ordering milkweed seed, and planning to grow them.
    We can all help the Monarch butterfly to return in numbers.

    The only place that I have heard of the White Monarch is Hawaii, so you are very fortunate to have one where you live. That is very, very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki Z View Post
    Lurkers always welcome.
    Hope you can come back and participate.
    Thank you for ordering milkweed seed, and planning to grow them.
    We can all help the Monarch butterfly to return in numbers.

    The only place that I have heard of the White Monarch is Hawaii, so you are very fortunate to have one where you live. That is very, very cool.
    And you are right! It was my mistake. We don't have white monarchs. We have white swallowtails! Oh, well. We do have the milkweed. Maybe if I grow them we'll get monarchs. We've had unusual weather the last few years which might attract them.

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