What is the monarch butterfly's host plant?
A host plant is what a species of butterfly lays its eggs on and what its caterpillars feed on. It is needed for a butterfly species to survive.
How many generations of monarchs does it take to get from their overwintering site to their northern-most breeding ground each season?
True or false? Only one species of butterfly makes a longer migration trip.
A monarch butterfly can't fly if its body temperature is less than how many degrees?
Why do monarch caterpillars eat milkweed?
How do monarchs find their way south to their overwintering grounds?
Find details here: http://dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com/2017/09/20/how-do-monarch-butterflies-find-their-way-south/
True or false? Monarch populations have decreased 90 percent in the past 25 years.
What color is a monarch egg?
The eggs are about the size of a period on the end of a sentence and are football-shaped.
What species of butterfly mimics a monarch so that predators think it is also toxic?
This species can be told apart from a monarch because it has a lateral line running through the hindwings.
Where do monarchs overwinter?
Specifically eastern monarchs. A small western population overwinters in southern California and the Baja Peninsula.
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