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Monarch Life Cycle
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Egg
Larva
Chrysalis
Adult

Monarch caterpillars (called "larvae") go through 5 stages (called "instars") as they grow

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1st instar

2nd instar

3rd instar

4th instar

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5th instar

5th instar becoming chrysalis

Chrysalis

Adult!

by Jim Edson, University of Arkansas


National Science Education Standards

Life Science
Plants and animals have life cycles that include being born, developing into adults, reproducing, and eventually dying. The details of this life cycle are different for different organisms. (K-4)

 

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