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:


Materials List (per group of students)

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


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

Informal Categories

  • Animals


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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