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Monarch's Caterpillar

Danaus plexippus


This is the caterpillar form of the Monarch butterfly, stage in which they store fat and nutrients in order to survive their pupal stage. This last for 2 weeks, and the caterpillars grow about 5 cm. This specific caterpillar lives in the butterfly house of the National Museum of Natural History and Science, which in running a conservation project that includes this species, amongst others.


Monarch Butterflies usually live in a wide range of habitats, including prairies, fields, meadows, gardens and urban or suburban locations.


I'm not sure what's the plant that it's feeding on! I know they feed on milkweeds but I don't know if this is the case or not.

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mendes.madalena 10 years ago

this photo is perfect for the caterpillar mission ;)

mendes.madalena 10 years ago

so beautiful!!! thanks for the info Filipa :)

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Lisboa, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 15, 2013
Submitted on Jul 15, 2013

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