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Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterflies

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A fun summer activity teaching kids all about the life cycle of a butterfly
A fun summer activity teaching kids all about the life cycle of a butterfly

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Published by: somewhatsimple on Jun 04, 2010
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Monarch Butterflies

Photo of a Monarch butterfly on milkweed

The monarch butterfly is sometimes called the "milkweed butterfly" because its larvae eat a plant called “Milkweed.” The toxins from milkweed make the butterfly poisonous, and bigger animals won’t eat them. They lay their eggs on milkweed leaves and the eggs hatch, in 3 to 12 days.

They eat leaves for 2 weeks and turn into caterpillars about 2 inches long.

Color the caterpillar.

The caterpillars attach themselves head down to a twig and in just hours, they turn into a pupa (or chrysalis).

Color the chrysalis.

The caterpillar stays in the cocoon and in two weeks it turns into a butterfly.

When it first comes out of the cocoon, it fills its wings with blood and then waits until they stiffen and dry before it flies away.

What colors should the Monarch Butterfly be? Circle the right colors and then color the butterfly.

Each fall, monarch butterflies fly south to Mexico so they can be warm. In the spring, they fly north again to the United States and Canada. During migration, huge numbers of butterflies can be seen gathered together. Those orange things above are not leaves... they're hundreds of Monarch butterflies!

Color Mexico GREEN. Color the United States BLUE. Color Canada ORANGE

It’s summer! The butterflies are back! Welcome Back Butterflies!

Two Groups have come back. How many butterflies are in each group?
Group A Group B

Group A has ________ butterflies. Group B has ________ butterflies. How many butterflies are there in all? ________ butterflies.

Can you draw your own butterfly? Color it whatever colors you want!

Created by Stephanie from somewhatsimple.com Credits: http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/monarch_butterfly.htm & Scholastic Skill Zone Workbook

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