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Lifecycle of a Monarch Butterfly (video)

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.

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The Flight and Plight of Monarch Butterflies

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8:37PM PDT on May 2, 2013

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

3:19PM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

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".

4:35AM PDT on May 17, 2012

Thanks for posting.

11:46AM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

4:41PM PST on Jan 28, 2012

It is breathtaking. Nature is wonderful!

5:51AM PST on Jan 28, 2012

thanks

4:02PM PST on Jan 27, 2012

wonderful thank you

5:12AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Real beauty of nature! :)

1:13AM PST on Dec 16, 2010

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.
http://www.wildlifeworld360.com/majestic-monarch-butterflies.html

1:38PM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

Beautiful. There are miracles all around us.

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