About Monarchs

Lifecycle, migration patterns, population, etc.

The Western Monarch: Where Have They Gone? (Recorded Presentation)

The Monarch Milkweed Project wishes to thank Nicole Newell and the Sustainable Solano team for their support, and for hosting our Zoom presentation on September 17, 2021. Special thanks to former Pismo Beach Monarch Docent and Contra Costa Master Gardener Johanna Schroll for sharing her experience and expertise with us.  View the recording here. “Sustainable …

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Monarch terminology— learning to speak “butterfly”

The monarch butterfly: Latin (scientific) name is Danaus plexippus – (duh-NAY-us PLEX-ip-us) The metamorphosis of a monarch takes place as it transforms from the stages of an egg, to a larva, to a pupa, to a butterfly. Larva – (LAR-vuh), plural, larvae (LAR-vee) the second stage, after the egg, in metamorphosis. Also known as “caterpillar.” …

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The Lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly

With so many of us interested in following the progress of monarch caterpillars, chrysalides, and butterflies I thought this visual might be helpful to understand the progression and timing of their lifecycle. It comes from journeynorth.org, which tracks the migration of many species of butterflies, birds, and other species.