The lifetime of an adult monarch butterfly was a bit of a surprise when scientists figured this out. Adults live 2-5 weeks OR 7-9 months. It depends on whether they have sex or not.
Monarchs have two different life cycles, so two different lifetimes, which will take a little longer to explain.
For thousands of years, humans inhave watched appear each summer, but it was only a few decades ago that scientists figured out where they came from. It turns out they come from 2000 miles (3000 kilometers) south in Mexico (most of them). Two thousand miles is a long distance to fly if you're a butterfly who lives 6 months, but it is impossible if you live 3 weeks. So they don't.
About 50 years ago, scientists discovered that almost all Monarch butterflies come from a sheltered high mountain pine forest west of. (It was the lap of luxury for thousands of years, until someone started cutting tress recently.) The Monarch population in this little section of a few square miles has millions and maybe a billion butterflies. Or, at least it used to. Most of them are gone now.
In spring, when it is warm enough to leave, they head north, fly for a few weeks looking for poisonous plants. In northern Mexico or Texas or other nearby southern state, they stop at the newly emerging poisonous milkweed pant. They may, lay their eggs and in another week or so, they are dead. In order to complete the trip from Mexico across the US to Maine and Canada, they leave it to the children.
The life cycle for a new generation of Monarchs starts with eggs laid on poison milkweed in Texas or there abouts. Eggs hatch in a few days and this worm-like larva comes out. It eats the poison plant, gets fat, goes through five moltings and increases to 2000 times its birth mass in two weeks. These arge larva with stripes of green, yellow, black and white then make chrysalises where they spend another 2 weeks turning into a butterfly! Now, at age less than 5 weeks, they have about that same time to fly north, have sex, and lay eggs before they die too. To keep feeding on the young poisonous milkweed, they keep flying north and repeating this life cycle of 8 or so weeks, with the fourth or fifth generation making it as far as Maine or Canada.
After 6 or 7 months and 4 or 5 generations, it is August and its getting cold. Time to leave. Now, the weird thing happens. The last generation that hatches around August that has to head back south doesn't have time for all this sex and worm stuff, so they just head south and miraculously, they don't die. They just keep flying and feeding on nectar and using the winds to glide to save energy in flying. The final generation make it all the way back to Mexico, flying up to 2000 miles in under 3 months with little food and no sex. Then, they get six months to relax on trees in the high moist regions outside of Mexico City (if no one has cut the tree down). Finally, in spring, it is back to Texas, they have sex, lay eggs and die. One full year and maybe five generations, and no one knows how the great, great, great grandchildren of the previous year find their way back to the same trees.
So, for Monarchs, its 3-5 days as an egg, 9-15 days as a worm-like larva, 9-14 days in the chrysalis to transform into the butterfly. While they are heading north, they get 2-5 weeks as butterflies, but heading south, they get 7-9 months with a final couple of weeks to start the trip north and make the first set of spring eggs.
The Monarch are more than 90% gone now and extinction could be coming in a few years. There are conservation organizations and they need support.
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for a monarch butterfly it takes about 2 weeks
It takes about two weeks to turn into a monarch butterfly
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A monarch butterfly. There is no Monarch butterfly silly!
Monarch butterflies typically live from 2 to 6 weeks except for the last generation of the year, which can live up to 8 to 9 months. (The ones that migrate live longer)
they live in ther rain forest
A Monarch caterpillar's age is indicated by the measurement of its head capsule. You can't tell the age of an adult butterfly. In the summer, the average life of an adult Monarch butterfly is roughly two weeks. In the winter, when they go into diapause and migrate, they may live as long as eight months.
That depends on the species of butterfly. Some overwinter (eg the Peacock and the monarch butterfly).
I see them in Northwest Missouri.
The monarch butterfly can be found living in eastern North America. They migrate to the warmer states, such as California, when the eastern states get colder.
monarch butterfly sleep in Mexico
chromsomoes in a monarch butterfly
No, a monarch butterfly is an insect and not a mammal.
The scientific name of the monarch butterfly is danaus plexippus.The monarch butterfly is a species of milkweed butterfly.
The monarch butterfly is not an endangered species.
The monarch butterfly can come in all sizes!
A monarch butterfly doesn't "signify" anything.
the monarch butterfly is attracted to black
A monarch butterfly is a consumer.
Adult monarch butterflies do not live in groups, but they travel in groups when they migrate. The average lifespan of an adult monarch butterfly is 4 to 8 weeks.
Monarch butterfly caterpillars are yellow, black, and white striped and grow to be about two inches long before they pupate.
A Monarch butterfly's length can range from about 4cm as a baby to about 8cm as a full adult.
No, monarch butterfly is a common noun, a word for any monarch butterfly anywhere.A proper noun is the name of a specific person, place, thing, or a title; for example:Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen, actressMonarch Mountain, Monarch, COMonarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, Mexico (UNESCO World Heritage Site)Monarch Inn, Norfolk, VA and Butterfly Grove Inn, Pacific Grove, CA"Monarch: Butterfly"(stage four of "Monarch" series), by Aaron Pitters
the monarch butterfly belongs to the lepidoptera order
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