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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

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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.

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