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Once the monarch larva emerges from its egg, it grows rapidly. Each stage of growth is called an instar, the larva sheds its skin as it grows from one instar to the next. When our class got its larvae they were in the third instar.

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We give them fresh milkweed each day.
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Karen Oberhauser, from the University of Minnesota, talks about the pattern on the larva.

Liz Goehring, from the University of Minnesota, talks about a change that takes place.

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Picture of a larva hanging in the form of a "J."

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