The Munching Caterpillar2019-04-15T12:00:24-04:00

The Munching Caterpillar

MONARCH LIFE CYCLE

MUNCH-A-BUNCH OF MILKWEED

…crunch…munch…yum-yum-milkweed…

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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 the caterpillar rubs off its FACE MASK!

TAKE A LOOK

Monarch Caterpillar MUNCHING UP its skin after shedding! Now that’s a hungry caterpillar!
CREDIT: Lynn Rosenblatt

Monarch Caterpillar MOLTING…shedding its skin!!
CREDIT: Lynn Rosenblatt

THE SILK BUTTON

VIDEO: Allison Glovak

PHOTOS: (left to right) first three photos – Siah St. Clair, All of Nature blog, Carol Duke Flowers

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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