Monarch Caterpillar (Larvae),
Central Pennsylvania, USA, September 9, 2012
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Soon into a Chrysalis (pupa stage)
Then to Fly
This 2012 fourth-generation monarch will soon form into a chrysalis and then open into a monarch butterfly in a very short time. The butterfly will migrate to Mexico or South California, where it will live for months, hibernate, awake (tattered and worn) to lay eggs and then die. This fourth generation has the longest life span of the four generations (within one year).
Here’s a Gardening for Butterflies PDF from Penn State Agricultural Extension, including info for gardeners and teachers.
GARDENER OR CURIOUS?
Are you a gardener interested in attracting these lovely creatures or just curious about them?