Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are a species of milkweed butterfly native to North America, although they can also be found in New Zealand, Australia and the Canary Islands just to name a few. These butterflies are famous for their annual fall migration to warmer climates and the massive gatherings of butterflies these migrations cause. Beautiful but toxic (to eat, that is), Monarchs are poisonous due to the toxins contained in the milkweed leaves they consume as caterpillars.

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Are Monarch butterflies native to Nevada?

Monarchs are common in the summer months all over the United States, including Nevada. They are found year round in Mexico, Central America, northern South America, the Carribean, and parts of southeast Asia and Australia.

What is a tumor?

A cell that keeps dividingA tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue resulting from uncontrolled, progressive multiplication of cells and serving no physiological function; a neoplasm. Can cause cancer!
The term "Tumor" derives from latin, and dates back to the time of Hypocrates, Father of the Hypocratic Oath, and who most historians credit with the formation of the Medical Theory. Unfortunately, Hypocrates didn't have the same knowledge we have today (he thought the brain was a mucus secreting organ, given its slimy texture and proximity to the nose!). In his day, illness was "rated" using the following terms: "Tumor" which equalled swelling "Callor" which was an indication of how red an injury was and, "Dolor" which was an indication of the heat produced by an injury. Early physicians considered the presence of all three of these to be a reliable indicator of an illness or an injury (turns out, they were on to something here! Ever twist your ankle? You had all three!) These days you don't hear much about Callor and Dolor, but we do here "Tumor". Unfortunately, it's true meaning has been subverted by the presence of Cancer in our lives, and many people think the two terms are equal. In reality, not all tumors are cancer, and not all cancers form tumors (think Leukemia). A tumor is really just a swelling of tissue where tissue is not usually swollen. Does that mean if you have a sore throat and your mom checks your "glands" and finds them swollen that you have a tumor? not really, just localized swelling caused by an infection.
a big thing that hurts, sometimes cancerous , sometimes not (malignant or benign)
Tumor refers to an abnormal growth of tissue, whether benign or malignant.

What are some mysteries surrounding September 11 2001?

Conspiracy theriosts believe the evidence points to the towers and Building 7 collapsing because of controlled demolition. They claim that the airplanes hitting the buildings and the resulting fires could not have brought the buildings down in themselves. As part of their arguments, many use the example of a building in Madrid, Spain that burned for hours and did not collapse. However this incident had very little in common with September 11.

Another mystery surrounds the Pentagon. Some believe the evidence suggests that no airplane hit the building. They base this on the size of the hole left in the building and lack of finding many airplane parts at the site, however, their "evidence" is based on what is shown in photographs and anonymous eye-witness accounts. Many photographs that they do not refer to clearly show debris from an airplane outside the wall. Another mystery surrounds why the FBI immediately confiscated video from surrounding businesses that could have recorded the events at the time the damage was made to the Pentagon. Images were later released, which showed that the "video" was actually a stills camera which only took pictures every few seconds, inevitably the plane was moving at such a speed that there was not much visible on the "film" of stills.

There are more that can be found by doing a "September 11, 2001" search on Google.

There are claims that Scientists found chemicals used in demolition blasting material in the dust from the buildings- however this may be explained quite easily by investigating the types of materials used to build the sky scrapers and their chemical components. Conspiracy theorists also cite that there were also perfect angled cuts made in main supports for the building that appear to be man made, however, this can be explained by the design of the building and the way it was erected. Conspiracy theorists also like to cite that several eye witnesses reported hearing several blasts right before the collapse that sounded like gun shots- however, right before the towers collapsed, the conditions right above where the planes struck had become so unbearable that people committed suicide by jumping off the buildings. They were so high up that when their bodies finally hit the ground, the force was so great that the resulting sound sounded like a gunshot/explosion. Be aware that many conspiracy theorists misquote witnesses to make it look as though they actually claimed there were bombs going off, when what they really said was that it *sounded* like a bomb.

Conspiracy theorists also claim that the buildings were felled by controlled demolition, but that they didn't start the demolition until after the building began to collapse. In footage shown on video clips by said Conspiracy theorists, there are images of buildings that are demolished, the characteristics of the demolition do not correlate with the characteristics of the Twin Towers collapse which began from the top of the building, rather than the bottom (as with controlled demolition).

Also, the claim that fire melted the steel. This isn't really a mystery but, Melting point of Iron is 2795ºF Melting point of typical structural steel is 2750ºF

Maximum temperature of hydrocarbon fires burning in the atmosphere without pressurization or preheating is 1517ºF

Fire burns colder when its deprived of oxygen which each tower fire appeared to be deprived of oxygen from the dark smoke (however many instances such as jet fuel may also explain the dark coloured smoke), particularly in the south tower, theoretically causing the fire to burn well below 1472ºF

Also there is no evidence from the ruins of melted steel or iron, but there were pools of melted aluminum found from car rims and other aluminum things. But the melting point of Aluminum is 1220.58°F so we do know the fires were below 1517ºF but above 1220.58°F that's no where NEAR the melting point of steel/iron.

However, the steel would not have had to completely melt to cause the building to collapse, there were never any claims (by authorities) that the steel melted completely. The metal/steel would only need to be weakened by the high levels of heat to give out under the pressure of the higher floors of the building, once in motion, the collapse was inevitable.

How many monarch butterflies are ther in the world?

many millions, they do not hold still long enough to do a proper count.

Why is the monarch butterfly considered endangered?

Monarch butterflies are not endangered but near threatened. Reasons for this include deforestation of butterfly habitat, confusion of host plants for monarch caterpillars, etc.

Is there a picture of the webkinz monarch butterfly?

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I want you guys to make the butterfly webkinz come out in February of 2008.

um..... it already came out! I'm sorry, I know you are a Webkinz fan, but please, take these questions elsewhere. Look it up on or This is none of wikianswers business!

How long does an monarch butterfly live?

Short Answer:

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 in North America have watched Monarch Butterflies 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 Mexico City. (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.

End notes:

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.

Why do monarch butterflies migrate?

They migrate because of the weather. If the weather is 50 degrees or less, they are not able to fly. If the weather is 45 degrees or less, they are paralyzed.

How did the enlightened monarchs of Europe view their duty as rulers?

Just because they were called monarchs doesn't mean this question belongs in the animal life section.

What do giant moths eat?

Butterflies nomatter what size will eat sugar water. take two teaspoons of sugar mix it in a cup of water and squirt a little on a flower but you have to be carful because if the surgar water gets on its wings the butterfly will not be able to fly. you could also feed it a sliced grape, orange slice, or gatorade.

Where do butterflies go in the winter?

Like many animals and insects, they go south. There are places in Mexico where the butterflies literally blanket the trees and fill the air during the winter. Currently, these habitats are being endangered by new development.

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Wheere do monarch butterflies live?

Monarch Butterflys live around milkweed fields, milkweed patchs and sandy areas where milk weed grows.

Do Monarch caterpillars sting?

Monarch caterpillars do not sting. It is a fairly safe assumption that no butterfly or moth larvae possess the capability to inflict a sting via an organ designed for the purpose. As for biting, their mouthparts are designed for the efficient consumption of plant material and are not likely capable of delivering a bite as a defensive mechanism. Of course, there could be rare exceptions. Unusual adaptations in nature are not without precedent.

How is Stargirl different from a butterfly?

In the book â??Stargirlâ??. Leo compares the main character to a butterfly since they both sport colorful designs. Stargirl is able to change her outfit each day while a butterfly is fixed with their current wing design for life.

What Kind Of Place Do Monarch Butterfly Need For Their Winter Resting Place?


A farmer has 9 eggs and thinks one is ligher than the other 8 if he used a balance scale to weigh the eggs only 2 different times how could he find the one egg that weighs less?

This is easy... STEP 1. Put 3 eggs on one side of the scale and put 3 eggs on the other side of the scale. If the scale balances - you know the light egg is not one of the eggs currently on the scale. If the scale tips - you know the light egg is on the "lighter" side. STEP 2. Since Step 1 will tell you which group of 3 the light egg is in... use the scale again... put 1 egg on each side. If the scale balances - the lightest egg is in your hand. If the scale tips - you know the light egg is on the "light" side.

How does a monarch butterfly suck nectar?

It uses it's probiscus, a flexable, long tongue like organ. Click on the 'Monarch Bufferfly' link on this page to learn more.

What is the importance of butterfly?

1)Butterflies,like bees, help cross pollinate plants. They get nectar from flowers which helps them with their pollination

What do Monarch Butterflies eat?

Monarch butterfly larvae (caterpillars) feed exclusively on milkweed.

The adult Monarch butterfly drinks the juices of soft fruits (usually fallen fruits), and nectar from flowers. It drinks the nectar of milkweed flowers, which makes it poisonous to predators.