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Butterflies

To: thinkingfountain@smm.org 
Subject: monarch 
From: Kathy 
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 14:26:46 -0400 

Hi,
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 
question.  

Do you know how long the monarch butter fly lives?

Thank you
                                 
                            Jaime


>To: Kathy >From: Karen Wilkinson <karenw@sci.mus.mn.us> >Subject: Re: monarch >Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 09:18:09 -0500 > >Hi Jaime, > >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 >Monarch >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 > __________________________________________________ Karen Wilkinson (karenw@sci.mus.mn.us) Content Developer, Science Learning Network http://www.sci.mus.mn.us Science Museum of Minnesota 30 East Tenth Street St Paul, MN 55101 612-221-2512 (phone) 612-221-4528 (fax)
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