Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 14:26:46 -0400
My name is Jaime. I am eight years old. I will be
entering the third grade this year. I have sent for the
"tagging kit" to tag butterfies this year. I have a
Do you know how long the monarch butter fly lives?
>From: Karen Wilkinson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: monarch
>Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 09:18:09 -0500
>My name is Karen and I work at a science museum in Minnesota. A third
>grade class that I worked with this year raised monarchs. It was fun to
>watch them change from caterpillars to butterflies. I am raising some at
>home right now. Are you raising your butterflies at home? I have never
>tagged butterflies myself but have wanted to try it. You'll have to let
>me know how it goes. Send a picture of yourself tagging your butterfly
>and I'll include it on our Internet Site.
>Your question about how long monarchs live is a good one (with a
>surprising answer) -
>Karen Oberhauser (another Karen) is a scientist who works at the University
>of Minnesota. She studies the monarch butterfly. She answered your
>question by saying . . .
>"This depends on when they live (summer or winter), and also varies a lot
>among individuals (just like it does it humans).
>In the summer, adults live from 2 to 6 weeks in captivity, and probably
>about that long in the wild. The ones that migrate live
>longer, from August or September to about April (although a lot die before
>this). When people hear this, they say they'd
>rather be a migratory monarchs, but these butterflies probably face many
>more risks, and are likely to have a smaller chance of
>getting offspring into the next generation." - Karen Oberhauser
>My favorite book about Monarchs is called
>By: Gail Gibbons
>Have you read this book? Try finding it at your library if you haven't -
>I think you'll lke it.
>Good Luck with the butterflies and enjoy 3rd grade!
Karen Wilkinson (email@example.com)
Content Developer, Science Learning Network
Science Museum of Minnesota
30 East Tenth Street
St Paul, MN 55101