Information About Butterflies



Explore the migration patterns of the Monarch Butterfly provided by the USDA Forest Service

Why is it important to do this all the time? An article about protecting the Monarch butterflies habitat.

Fun Facts About Monarch Butterflies!

1. Monarch butterflies migrate every year to warmer climates for the winter. They can travel up to 3,000 miles! (Nationalgeographic.com)

2. Male Monarch butterflies have two black spots on their hindwings. Female Monarch butterflies have thicker veins on their wings. (Saveourmonarchs.org)

3. Monarch butterflies use their antennae to smell and their legs and feet to taste! (Farmersalmanac.com)

4. Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed, which is toxic to most other animals. (Nationalgeographic.com)

5. A female Monarch butterfly lays between 300 and 500 eggs in her lifetime. Each egg is individually laid on a milkweed leaf. Once the eggs hatch they are known as larvae, or caterpillars. (Nationalgeographic.com)

6. After hatching, Monarch caterpillars spend about two weeks eating milkweed and growing. They will then enter the pupa stage and create a protective case for themselves, known as “chrysalis”. After about a week they will emerge as an adult Monarch butterfly! (Nationalgeographic.com)

7. The Monarch butterfly’s wing has thousands of tiny scales on it, which is what gives the butterfly its bright color. (Saveourmonarchs.org)

8. A Monarch butterfly has a wingspan of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. It can weigh 0.0095 to 0.026 ounces. (kids.nationalgeographic.com)

Links for More About the Monarch Butterflies

Defender of Wildlife Butterflies

National Geographic Kids

Academy of Natural Science Butterfly Life Cycle

Butterfly Transformation Video