Lifecycle of a Monarch Butterfly (video)

This beautiful, informative video from the Chicago Nature Museum is a must watch for butterfly lovers. It shows all the stages of a Monarch butterfly’s metamorphosis through time lapse photography.

Lifecycle of the Monarch Butterfly from Duncan Scott on Vimeo.

The Flight and Plight of Monarch Butterflies


Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo3 years ago

Thank you for the breathtakingly beautiful video. (p, t)

Olivia S.
Past Member 4 years ago

Lovely video, thank you. About 15 years ago I gathered some milkweed seeds from the pods near my office, brought them home and scattered them around our 3 acres.The following year the monarchs came and my husband I enjoyed watching them lay their eggs, then the caterpillars totally consuming the milkweed plants. Last year though we saw one monarch come we didn't see any caterpillars. Thankfully this year we "had babies".

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim4 years ago

It is breathtaking. Nature is wonderful!

Bob P.
Bob P.4 years ago


jayasri amma
jayasri amma4 years ago

wonderful thank you

Andrea Nemec
Andrea Nemec5 years ago

Real beauty of nature! :)

Alisha L.
Past Member 5 years ago

The life cycle of Monarch Butterflies includes a change of form called complete metamorphosis. The monarch goes through four radically different stages. The four stages of the monarch butterfly life cycle are the egg, the larvae, the pupa, and the adult butterfly. The eggs are laid by the females during spring and summer breeding months.The eggs hatch or after the four days, revealing worm like larvae, the caterpillars. In the pupa or chrysalis stage, the caterpillar spins a silk pad on a twig, leaf, etc and hangs from this pad by its last pair of prolegs.

Donna B.
Donna B.6 years ago

Beautiful. There are miracles all around us.