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4 steps to help monarchs

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By taking part in the Mission Monarch program, you help construct the breeding map of this endangered species. And that will help scientists better protect this emblematic butterfly.

4 steps to help monarchs
1

Print the form to fill out.

Download the notes sheet on mission-monarch.org/en. You’ll be able to use it to collect important information for scientists. A magnifying glass may also be useful.

Print the form to fill out.
2

Find some milkweed.

This plant is indispensable for the monarch. It can be found in parks, gardens, fields, lanes – It grows pretty much everywhere.

  • The leaves are broad and hairy-looking.
  • The blooms give off a strong, pleasant scent.
  • The fruit contain seeds adorned with silky plumes.
Find some milkweed.
3

Look for eggs, caterpillars and chrysalides.

Examine the milkweed closely. How many eggs, caterpillars and chrysalides are hiding under the leaves, in the blooms and on the fruit? Make a note of your results, and take photos.

The egg - Under a leaf, which is oval or conical in shape, and ridged. - 1 mm

The caterpillar - Striped, with black filaments at the tips. - 2 to 45 mm

The chrysalis - The golden dots reflect the light - 30 mm

The adult - 90 to 100 mm

4

Share your observations.

When you get back home, submit your data and photos on the mission-monarch.org/en website.

Congratulations! You’ve contributed to the advancement of scientific knowledge that will make it possible to protect this butterfly.

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