Eggs Of Migrating Generation Of Monarchs Hatching
The Monarch eggs that are hatching now contain the larvae that will metamorphose into the butterflies that will migrate this fall to central Mexico. Unlike earlier-hatching generations that only live six to eight weeks, the Monarchs that result from late summer and early fall hatchings live six to nine months. Part of the reason for this difference in life span is that, unlike the earlier generations that mate soon after emerging from their chrysalides, late-hatching Monarchs postpone mating (reproductive diapause) until the end of winter, thereby conserving energy for their two to three thousand-mile, two-month migration. (Photo: monarch larva’s first meal – its eggshell.)
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This entry was posted on August 22, 2016 by Mary Holland. It was filed under August, Butterflies, Egg Shell, Insects, Larvae, Lepidoptera, Metamorphosis, Monarch Butterfly, Uncategorized and was tagged with Danaus plexippus.