An individual Monarch assumes four distinct identities over the course of about 30 days. The egg is where it all begins for our Monarch (I shall call him Henry). Henry is laid as a single egg on the underside of one of our abundant milkweed leaves by his adult female mother, and will hatch in approximately four days. It is believed that an adult female, like Henry's mom, will lay between 100 and 300 eggs over her short life span.
|Monarch caterpillar (larval stage)|
|Monarch chrysalis (pupal stage)|
|Henry's vacated home|