awhile, the caterpillars attach themselves head down to
a convenient twig, they shed their outer skin and begin
the transformation into a butterfly. The caterpillar completes
the miraculous transformation into a beautiful adult butterfly
in about two weeks.
butterfly finally emerges from its cacoon It inflates
its wings with a pool of blood it has stored in its abdomen.
When this is done, the monarch releases excess fluid and
rests. The butterfly will wait until its wings stiffen
and dry before it flies away to start the cycle of life
all over again
predators know that monarchs make a poisonous snack. The
toxins in this butterflies milkweed diet have given the
butterfly this defense. Both the caterpillar and butterfly
stage of the monarch does not need camouflage because
it is poisonous to predators. Many other animals advertise
their poisonous nature with bright colors too.