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What is the monarch butterfly's host plant?

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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?

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True or false? Only one species of butterfly makes a longer migration trip.

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A monarch butterfly can't fly if its body temperature is less than how many degrees?

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Why do monarch caterpillars eat milkweed?

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How do monarchs find their way south to their overwintering grounds?

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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.

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What color is a monarch egg?

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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?

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This species can be told apart from a monarch because it has a lateral line running through the hindwings.

Where do monarchs overwinter?

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Specifically eastern monarchs. A small western population overwinters in southern California and the Baja Peninsula.

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Monarch scholar

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