A Case of Mistaken Identity
a photo that was labeled as a monarch larva found in northern Mexico, we
heard from Mike Quinn, Invertebrate Biologist of Texas Parks and Wildlife
of Texas: "This is a queen, not a monarch larva!" he exclaimed.
This is a queen, not a
We apologize for
the error, and appreciate the instruction from Mike. How could he tell
this tiny larva, only a few millimeters long, was not a monarch? Here's
your chance to learn:
With That Picture?
Caterpillar Identification Quiz
Inspect the two larvae below. One is a monarch larva and the other a queen.
(These large larvae are at the 5th instar stage, the last stage of growth
before the chrysalis forms. However, the same field mark that distinguishes
the two can be seen on the tiny larva that was misidentified.)
- How can you tell the difference between a monarch larva
and a queen? What characteristic can be used to separate the two?
- Draw a Venn
Diagram to help you identify similarities and differences between
the two species.
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