How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

by Carol Pasternak

Hardcover(Revised and Updated ed.)

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Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature.

Observing a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from a black, white and yellow caterpillar and emerges from a chrysalis as a vivid orange, black and white butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies from eggs collected from milkweed leaves, or from caterpillars plucked from the plant, is made easy with the help of this detailed guide to locating and hatching this distinctive insect.

With more than 50 unique, close-up photographs readers will learn about the life cycle of the Monarch and how to encourage populations in their own backyards, with tips on which plants to grow, as well as the care and feeding of their pet caterpillars. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats face Monarchs and how readers can help conserve the Monarch's feeding grounds from encroachment.

The Monarch's amazing story doesn't end after it flutters away as a butterfly. In the fall, monarchs wing their way southward toward warmer climes in Mexico and California, and congregate in mass groupings in certain regions. The following spring, the cycle begins all over again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770850019
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Series: How It Works
Edition description: Revised and Updated ed.
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

Table of Contents


The Amazing Monarch 4

What Makes a Monarch a Monarch?

Anatomy of a Monarch Butterfly 6

Raising Monarchs

What You'll Need 10

Finding Caterpillars 12

Taking Care of Your Caterpillars 14

The Great Egg Hunt 16

The Monarch Life Cycle

Here We Grow 20

The Chrysalis 22

The Monarch Emerges 24

Out in the World

Releasing Your Butterfly 28

Predators and Perils 30

Mating and Migration 32

The Incredible Journey 34

The Adventure Continues

Creating a Butterfly Garden 38

Milkweed Mania! 40


Saving the World for Butterflies 42

Resources 44

Glossary 46

Index 47

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How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Edith_Ellen_Smith More than 1 year ago
Raising a Monarch butterfly is a fascinating experience. One can first-hand see the transformation of a caterpillar into a chrysalis and from the chrysalis, an adult butterfly emerge and fly. This book takes you through the steps that make this experience easy and successful. From written instructions to fascinating photos, you'll enjoy raising butterflies to fly in your backyard.