Monarch or Viceroy Butterfly?
V is for Viceroy. Look for the V on the hind wings, a single black line that crosses all the others.
Many Milkweeds For Monarchs
Here are just three possible species of milkweed for you and monarchs to choose from. Plant some milkweed for monarchs today!
Monarch Life Starts As An Egg
Monarch butterflies begin life in a tiny egg laid on the underside of a milkweed leaf. The egg hatches after about 4 days.
Little Larva, Big Appetite!
Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on various milkweed species. They grow from 2 mm to 45 mm in length in only 14 days!
From Caterpillar to Adult
It takes 10-14 days for a monarch caterpillar to develop into an adult. Inside the chrysalis, the monarch is called a pupa at this stage.
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
The secretive sora rail is just nine inches long from beak to tail and with its large feet, it can almost walk on water.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2015
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