Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars and Eggs Can Be Just as Intriguing as the Butterflies

Maayan Martin inspects Monarch caterpillars on Swamp Milkweed
Maayan Martin inspects Monarch caterpillars on Swamp Milkweed -- photo by Vanessa Howell
With Monarch butterflies and their magnificent migration in the news, butterfly enthusiasts tend to forget how much fun it is to track down not just the butterflies, but the caterpillars and eggs that are butterflies-to-be. Kids in particular love hunting, finding, and watching butterfly larvae, or caterpillars, complete their life cycle.  The exercise can be a fantastic learning experience.
For tips on where to find Monarch eggs and caterpillars and what to look for, check out the Butterfly Beat on the San Antonio Express-News website.
Let us know if you find some.  Good luck!

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