First Instar Monarch Caterpillar
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First Instar Monarch Caterpillar

Danaus plexippus egg

First Instar Monarch Caterpillar

Danaus plexippus eggs on Asclepias April 11 is the earliest recorded date at Lepidoptera Buffet garden to find Monarch butterflies depositing eggs. The Monarch caterpillar just emerged from this egg by eating the waxy shell around it. The first nourishment of the caterpillar is its own egg.

Authors: Kathleen Hird Kostner and Ricardo Kostner

© Hird and Kostner | Image reproduction only with written permission from the authors.

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