Rearing Monarchs

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As a long-term project, you can rear monarch butterflies at home or in a classroom. This article contains practical tips on successfully rearing monarchs, and ways in which you can increase your chances of observing the changes that occur during their metamorphosis. Caretaking details are provided for every stage of the monarch butterfly's life: egg, larva, pupa, adult. This article contains information about many species of milkweed plants - the main food and habitat for monarchs. Also includes information and instructions for building cages for monarch butterflies.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: 10 to 30 minutes
  • Learning Time: 1 to 12 months
  • Estimated materials cost: $5 - $10 per group of students
  • Age Range: Ages 6 - adult
  • Resource Type: Activity
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • monarch eggs
  • milkweed
  • sticks
  • sanitized glass jar
  • string
  • cage - several ideas for construction are included
Subjects

Informal Category

  • Animals

Subjects

  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Division
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
Audience

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • read

Learning styles supported

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities
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The Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, Monarch Watch

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All Rights Reserved, Monarch Watch,

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skdrayer
Monarchs in the Classroom
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Each September my students also raise and release Monarch Butterflies. The University of Minnesota Monarch Lab is another great teacher friendly resource. Director Karen Oberhauser also sponsors an Insect Fair every December. www.monarchlab.org

Deborah Lee Rose
Waiting for Wings book
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Among many butterfly books available, Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert could make a great literature connection for this activity.