Subject: monarch butterfly look alikes
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 1997 18:50:00 -0500
My name is Tim. I am in the second grade.
We are collecting the milk weed caterpillars in our room and watching them
spin there crysalis and hopefully next week, we will see the monarch
butterflies come out.
Everyday our teacher, Mrs. Held asks us a "What's It?" Question. Today our
question is "What butterfly looks like the monarch butterfly?" We have
tried encyclopedias and now the net and cannot find the answer. Could you
help us with this question? I need to know by Sunday night to get my
answer written down for Monday morning. I hope someone can help. Thank
Hope to hear from you soon!
My name is Karen, and I work at a Science Museum in Minnesota.
I'm glad to hear that you're getting a chance to raise monarchs
in your classroom. It is very exciting to watch the metamorphosis
process up-close. Watch really closely after your caterpillars
hang upside down in the shape of a J - tell me what you notice.
I can't think of books I've seen that go into great detail about the
monarch and the butterfly that mimics it. Did your teacher talk
to you about mimicry? If not be sure to mention it on Monday.
You'll be able to find what you're looking for on the web pages
below. I don't know much about the butterfly you're searching for
so let me know what you find out about it. I do think it is pretty
neat that two different butterflies look the same.
**(2)Has a picture so you can see how similar the two butterflies are.
Thanks for writing.
If you have trouble accessing the pages before Sunday afternoon
write back to me and we'll try something else.
(1) Kew Beach Public School in Toronto
Butterfly Project Page
(2) Butterfly website Picture Gallery
(3) WWF Fact Sheet about Monarchs
To: "Karen Wilkinson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: monarch butterfly look alikes
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 1997 14:57:30 -0500
Thanks for the info you sent me. My Mom and I spent about an hour and a
half looking for the answer and finally found it on Encarta in the
encyclopedia on our computer.
The viceroy is the one we were looking for, I think. It really looks alot
like the monarch. We were surprised.
The picture gallery address you sent us confirmed our answer. It worked
just fine. If we had a color printer on our computer I would have printed
a picture of both of them and took them to school, but we did save it as
Thank you for replying so quickly. I appreciate your help.
When my caterpillar formed a j I noticed that it turned green first and
then looked kind of wet as it began to spin. Is there something else I am
Your friend Tim