Monarch Butterfly Resources

We have searched around to build our list of Monarch Butterfly resources. Some of the best have been suggested by our site visitors. Know of a site that should be on our list? – Email Us

All About Butterflies Zoom Dinosaurs has put together a great site for young learners to continue their discoveries of butterflies

Billy Bears Butterfly Pages– lots of neat pictures, craft ideas, coloring pages and more

A Guide to Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Flower Gardening

Butterfly Garden Flowers

Butterfly Farming- an interesting site to check out-includes information, lessons, a FAQ, glossary of terms, fast facts and more!

Butterfly Printables– brought to you by ABCTeach. FREE!

Education World-information on the Monarch Migration

Garden Treasures – Where Do Butterflies Come From? – Another great resource page that was found by one of our young website visitors.

KIDZONE’s Monarch Butterflies– crafts, info. on butterflies, real photos, coloring pages, ordering butterfly farms, puzzles, and lots more!

Monarch Photographs– beautiful pictures of monarch butterflies- a must-see site!

Mrs. Jones’s Butterfly Page- a very nicely organized site with lots of resources- songs, printables, on-line activities, songs, additional resources and more!

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation-  all the latest and most accurate scientific data and research about monarchs

Parts of A Butterfly- nice photograph labeled with the parts of a butterfly

Butterflies In Your Playground – Have you ever played on the playground at school and seen a butterfly floating through the air?

Songs– teach through songs at CanTeach-excellent source!

The Butterfly Site- lots of crafts and activities.  Scroll all the way down to find additional resources!

The Teacher’s Corner-lesson plan ideas to integrate across the curriculum; arts and crafts too.

The Thinking Fountain– a wonderful site on symmetry, metamorphosis, literature links and more on monarch butterflies!

Teaching Heart’s Lessons and Activities, and even more

Activities and Ideas from the Eric Carle Boards.

NOTE: Many of the links above are from the Teacher’s Mouse Pad web site.

Now the feasting begins! The caterpillars will eat for two to four weeks, devouring leaves and plants. It will outgrow its skin several times, as its size increases. Each time the skin is shed, new skin appears, soft and moist. When the caterpillar has accumulated enough fat, it stops eating and nearly stops moving. It may wander away from the plant in search of a good place pupate (become a pupa). Depending on the species of butterfly, the caterpillar may dangle from a plant when it pupates, or attach itself to the plant’s surface, or crawl into some other sheltered spot.

After the caterpillar has settled into its chosen place to pupate, one of two possibilities occurs. If it will change while hanging from a plant, it first must spin a silken pad, used to anchor it to the plant. It does this by using its lower lip, or jaw spinnerets. Once complete, the caterpillar clamps onto the pad with its rear claspers, and remains this way until metamorphosis is complete. Species that do not hang while they change simply spin a silken harness to secure them to the plant. Then the pupal skin forms beneath the caterpillar’s old skin. In about a day, the caterpillar molts one last time, and the pupa (or chrysalis) is formed.

The final stage of a butterfly is most wondrous! Scientists still struggle to understand all the details of this metamorphosis. The word metamorphosis comes for the Greek, to transform. And that’s exactly what happens inside the chrysalis. The caterpillar liquefies its structure and tissues changing into that of a butterfly. This transformation takes up to two weeks to complete, and then, out of the chrysalis emerges a beautiful butterfly! Its wings are crumpled, and it cannot yet fly. By pumping liquid into the veins of its wings, they stretch and expand into their full size. Soon the butterfly will begin seeking a mate. But there isn’t much time to spare, because the life span of an adult butterfly is not much more than a month!