Today I’m starting a new series on the ole’ blog. Over the next few weeks we will follow the life cycle of a monarch butterfly from egg, to caterpillar, to pupa, to butterfly. I watched this life-cycle a lot as a kid and I’ve been wanting to do a series here for some time to share this amazing experience with you.
When a female monarch butterfly is ready to start a family, she lays her eggs on the underside of the leaves of the milkweed plant, one egg per leaf, and then flutters away leaving her kids to their fate.
She has several hundred eggs to lay, so this alone will keep her busy. On Thursday evening, Harland and I went looking for eggs, and finally found this tiny egg. It only measures about a 1/16 of an inch. From the time the egg is laid until it hatches is only 4 days. So, tune in next Monday to meet our little caterpillar.