Monarch butterfly caterpillar

Monarch butterfly caterpillar

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Credit: M.H. SHARP/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Monarch butterfly caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) feeding on the leaf of a milkweed plant. After building up energy reserves, this larva will pupate and change into a butterfly, the adult stage of this insect. Monarchs are migratory butterflies native to North America. Millions of them migrate thousands of kilometres to the southern USA and Mexico for the winter. They spend this period in semi-hibernation, before mating in the spring and laying eggs from which the caterpillars hatch on their journey back north.

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Keywords: animal, caterpillar, central, danaus plexippus, eating, feeding, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, larvae, mexican, mexico, milkweed leaf, monarch butterfly, nature, north american, united states, usa, wildlife, zoology

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