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Monarch Migration Vocabulary

Migration: Movement of a species from one climate to another for survival.

Milkweed: Host plant for Monarchs, eggs are laid on host plants and it is the food for the caterpillars. 

E.L.F.:  Egg-laying Female.

Life Cycle of a Butterfly:  Egg, Caterpillar (larva), Chrysalis (pupa), Butterfly (adult)

Metamorphosis: Transformation from one form of life to another. 

Larva: The second stage of life, also known as a caterpillar, Monarch caterpillars grow and molt five times. (Five Instars)

Molting: Monarch caterpillars grow and shed their skin when it becomes too small.

Instar: The stages of growth and molting for a caterpillar, Monarchs have five instars.

J. Hang: Fifth instar caterpillars hang in the shape of a letter J to form the Chrysalis.

Pupate: To change from Larva stage (caterpillar) to a pupa (chrysalis).

Chrysalis: Butterfly Pupa. The transformation stage and protective covering between caterpillar and adult. Monarchs are Jade green.

Cocoon: Moth Pupa. The transformation stage and protective covering between caterpillar and adult. Moths are covered in silk.

Eclose: (ee-close) To emerge from the chrysalis or pupal form.

Super Generation: Final generation of Monarchs, can live up to eight or nine months, migrate thousands of miles and will not reproduce until migration is completed the following spring.

Monarch Joint Venture

Okies for Monarchs

Tulsa County Master Gardeners

Click here to discover some fun things you can learn about the monarch butterfly!

OSU and Tulsa Master Gardeners Monarch Fun Page

TCCL Seed Library

Check out the TCCL Seed Library for Milkweed seeds for our area:


TCCL & Seed Library

Tagging by Individuals

Want to learn how to net, capture, handle and tag a monarch butterfly? Well now you can!

Monarch Watch Director Chip Taylor teaches a crowd of children how to capture, handle, and tag monarch butterflies at Monarch Watch’s Fall Open House Event

Watch Video: Monarch Watch Butterfly School

Monarch Monday Movie

Hosted by TUWC, The Monday movie event will be on September 21st broadcasted from the filmmaker’s YouTube channel; the filmmakers and TUWC is encouraging viewers to post questions on their YouTube channel.

Film Link

This film is available for all butterfly enthusiasts around the world and for every classroom around the globe. In addition, there are resources and curriculum links related to the movie that have been field-tested, aligned with academic standards and are suitable for use in the classroom and at home.

Link to classroom resources: https://www.mysticalmigration.com/curriculum-for-educators.html 

Link to video to educators: https://youtu.be/jlRCCCaiKJo

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