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Monarch Butterfly Larvae

Danaus plexippus


In Costa Rica, Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs on species of the milkweed family (in this case Tropical Milkweed; Asclepias curassavica) which remains one of their main food sources throughout their lives. As a caterpillar, Monarchs munch the leaves along the stem of the plant. When the butterflies have undergone metamorphosis, they feed on the nectar of the milkweeds flowers.


Garden at 1100 m.a.s.l.

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Jessie Aguilar
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Jessie Aguilar

Cedral, Montes de Oro, Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Spotted on Jun 17, 2021
Submitted on Jun 18, 2021

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