Monarch Butterflies
From Egg to Adult

Each spring the Monarch Butterfly migrates through Mesquite, Texas on its way north for the summer months. Many schools in the Mesquite School District collect the monarch eggs and watch them go through the four stages of metamorphosis. The QuickTime movies below show one student's record of several Monarch butterflies growing from egg to butterfly. Just click on a pictureto begin watching a movie!

Stage 1 - The Egg

Stage 2 - The Larva (caterpillar)

Stage 3 - Pupa (chrysalis)

Stage 4 - Adult (butterfly)


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