In this episode, you’ll learn: 

  • the butterfly life cycle: egg, caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis, adult
  • why and where monarchs migrate
  • how monarchs protect themselves with milkweed toxins
  • how a chrysalis is different from a cocoon
  • how to help conserve monarchs

Lucas raised and filmed monarchs in his studio and traveled to Michoacȧn, Mexico, to immerse  you in this spell-binding butterfly biography. With dazzling time-lapse sequences, awe-inspiring clips from their winter home in Mexico, and Lucas’ classic tune, “Going Down to Mexico,” this episode engages all ages.

  • Larva: the youngest stage of an insect’s life cycle. In a butterfly life cycle, it is normally called a caterpillar
  • Pupa: the middle, inactive stage of many insects, when the adult body forms. In a butterfly’s life cycle, it is usually called a chrysalis.
  • Cocoon: the silky pouch that surrounds the pupa of many moths and other insects
  • Migration: a predictable, synchronized, large-scale movement of a population of animals for food, better conditions, or reproduction

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