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The Munching Caterpillar

MONARCH LIFE CYCLE

Munch-a-Bunch of Milkweed …crunch…munch…yum-yum-milkweed…

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PHOTO: Beedie Savage via Peace of Mind blog.

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PHOTO: Jaap de Roode via Emory University.

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PHOTO: Steven Munafo via Monarch Joint Venture.

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PHOTO: Will Cook via CarolinaNature.com.

…munch…munch…crunch…munch…Munch!

MY SKIN’S TOO TIGHT!

The caterpillar’s “skin” or cuticle is like a shell – it does not grow. As the caterpillar body grows bigger and bigger, it outgrows its skin and needs to SHED it. The caterpillar squeeeeezes, pushes and tugs as it wiggles out of its tight old skin.

Then it rubs off its FACE MASK. Even the face mask has become too small. The most amazing part is when the caterpillar turns around and EATS its own skin. Just like the eggshell that it ate for breakfast, the old skin is filled with vitamins to help our caterpillar grow big and strong. Kids love to collect the skins and face masks as the caterpillars grows. You can easily tape them onto a piece paper for your science collection. Show all your friends!

OPEN To See What Other Creatures Shed Their Skin!
SNAKESKIN

Do you shed your skin? You might say, “Of course not. I’m NOT a caterpillar, I’m a human being,” – but think again. Humans DO shed their skin every day as dry flaky skin sheds or peels off and new skin cells grow. Think of how your skin peels after a sunburn. Other creatures shed their skin, too! Can you think of a creature that outgrows their entire skin and molts? Take a look at this SNAKESKIN! WOW…that’s shedding!

THE SILK BUTTON
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PHOTO: Siah St. Clair, All of Nature blog

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PHOTO: Siah St. Clair, All of Nature blog

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PHOTO: Siah St. Clair, All of Nature blog

OPEN to see more crawly creatures who spin silk!
THE SILK MAKERS

Can you make a Silk Button? Of course not … you’re a human being, NOT a caterpillar! But other insects use strands of silk to build their webs and cocoons.

Silkworms spins nets of silk for laying their eggs and making their strong silk cocoons. Silkworm cocoons are used to make the luxurious silk clothing we wear.

Woolly bear moth caterpillars weave a unique cocoon by pulling out their own body hairs and weaving them into the cocoon.

Spiders send out a dragline to move quickly from one place to another and build majestic webs.

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PHOTO: Biology Department Harper College.

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PHOTO: Laura Berman via Green Fuse Photos.

CATERPILLARS AT WORK

After the fifth and final skin shed, the monarch goes into its next stage of life. Through an amazing metamorphosis – a total body CHANGE – the caterpillar transforms into a beautiful green chrysalis.

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PHOTO: April Wietrecki Green via Fine Art America.

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Monarchs and Man Journey for Peace

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Monarchs and Man

MONARCHS and MAN – Journey for Peace is an animated, musical educational video ~ a plea for habitat awareness! WATCH and SING ALONG as a fluttering monarch travels a symbolic journey of hope!

Monarch Magic! Second Edition

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Monarch Magic!

Read the award-winning 96-page book with amazing color photographs and scientific information covering the monarch’s life cycle, preservation of milkweed habitat, its incredible 3000-mile migration, raise/release of monarch butterflies, butterfly gardening, and exciting crafts for kids at school and at home
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