(If you missed Week One, you can see it here: Monarch Monday – Week 1)
The monarch butterfly egg we collected last week hatched a few days ago, and the little caterpillar wasted no time getting down to the important business of eating and growing. First, he ate his own egg case, and then he moved on to the milkweed leaf.
See the holes in the leaf right below him? He ate all that in just 12 hours! Monarch butterfly caterpillars eat only one thing: the leaves of the milkweed plant. Today he only measures 1/8 inch long, but will grow to about 2 inches long in the next 2 weeks. That’s 16 times bigger than he is now, so he has a long way to go.
See ya next Monday!