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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How many times does a Monarch butterfly beat its wing per minute?

it beats its wings 4 times per second because it is not so big.

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Do monarch butterflies migrate through Colorado?

Some monarch butterflies do indeed migrate through the state of Colorado. Monarch butterflies migrate to warmer regions during the winter.

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How do tumors form?

Tumors form when a cell starts reproducing uncontrollably, then the cells start grouping together forming an abnormal mass of tissue, this swelling is a tumor. Tumors serve no physiological function;

Tumors can be safe (benign) or bad.

It is caused by uncontrolled cell division.

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How long does it take for chrysalis to become an adult butterfly?

7 to 10 days

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Monarch butterfly classification?

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Danaus

Species: D. plexippus

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What phylum is a monarch butterfly in?

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Danaus

Species: D. plexippus

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How might the viceroy's colours affect monarch butterflies?

The Viceroy's colors mimic those of the Monarch butterfly. They do this to protect themselves against predators. Predators know that Monarch butterflies do not taste good, so they avoid them, and therefore will also avoid the Viceroy.

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How many times would a monarch butterfly cross the border of a country in its journey from Canada to Mexico?

2 times when migrating from Canada to Mexico

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How many times are new group of monarch butterflies born in the summer?

Infinite times

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When will a butterfly's wings not flutter?

When it is not flying.

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What do butterflies eat and drink?

hi guys

i think the answer is sugar water.

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Do monarch butterflies and milkweed plants have a symbiotic relationship?

yes they do and it is called mutualism.

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How do monarch butterflies reproduce?

monarch butterflies lay their eggs on the bottom of the milkweed plants.these hatch,eat,and turn into more monarch butterflies!!!!:)

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How long is Monarch butterflies gestation period?

14 days

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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.

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Why do monarch butterflies migrate?

Weather

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Why was there a Conflict with the Monarch?

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Why monarch butterfly is a Texas symbol?

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How does caterpillar get energy?

They eat leaves.

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What are the ecological importance of Monarch butterflies?

nothing

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How do you nurse a monarch butterfly back to helth?

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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.

Explanation:

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.

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Are Monarch butterflies native to Nevada?

Two yrs

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How to get rid of butterflies in your stomach?

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How can i feed a monarch butterfly?

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