What Do Monarch Caterpillars Eat?
The question What Do Monarch Caterpillars Eat is often asked by those who raise Monarch Butterflies. Eating habits of Monarch caterpillars are quite peculiar: these caterpillars eat milkweed plants inedible for most other insects. Why do monarch caterpillars eat milkweeds? Milkweed plants contain bitter toxic chemicals, alkaloids, that repel other insects, but Monarch caterpillars eat them with pleasure. And it’s not just a matter of taste: the bitter food makes caterpillars themselves bitter and inedible for predators - caterpillar-eating animals. That’s why Monarch caterpillars don’t need to disguise themselves, unlike many other caterpillars. They proudly display their bright beautiful coloring as though saying to those who see (and intend to eat) them ‘Don’t even try to taste me, you’ll regret it!’
What Do Monarch Caterpillars Eat? Resting After DinnerThe caterpillar stage for Monarchs lasts around 2 weeks. Caterpillars need to eat much to gain fat supplies that support them during the pupa stage, which is approximately as long as the caterpillar stage. The mature butterfly emerges from the pupa in several hours.
Caterpillars in the Field and Garden; A Field Guide to the Butterfly Caterpillars of North America
A complete guide on caterpillars and butterflies of North America that enables you to find and identify young and grown up Monarch caterpillars and other caterpillar types, distinguish between butterfly and moth caterpillars. A helpful hand-book to use during outings when internet is not accessible. It includes the full list of host plants for different caterpillars and butterflies. The butterfly gardening section offers valuable practical recommendations on building up butterfly gardens. Over 900 full-color photographs.
The Monarch Butterfly population has dramatically reduced in recent years. Take good care of your Monarch caterpillar and feed it well in order to give this world another wonderful butterfly!