Females begin laying eggs right after their first mating, & both sexes will mate several times during their lives. Adults in summer generations live from 2-5 weeks. Each year, the final generation of Monarchs, which emerges in late summer and early fall, has a job: to migrate to overwintering grounds, in central Mex for east Monarchs or in Cali for western Mon. Here they survive the long winter until conditions in the US allow them to return to reproduce. adults can live up to 8-9 months.
"The Monarch is a common poisonous butterfly that eats poisonous milkweed in its larval stage and lays its eggs on the milkweed plant. Monarchs have a wingspan of 3 3/8 - 4 7/8 inches (8.6 - 12.4 cm). Butterflies are beautiful, flying insects with large scaly wings. Like all insects, they have six jointed legs, 3 body parts, a pair of antennae, compound eyes, and an exoskeleton. The three body parts are the head, thorax (the chest), and abdomen (the tail end)."
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