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.
Monarchs are endangered and need our help! Here are some fun ways to be a butterfly buddy!
- 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