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How to Tell Male and Female Monarch Apart

How to Tell Male and Female Monarch Apart

How to Tell Male and Female Monarch Apart

Ever wonder how to tell male and female Monarch apart? Maybe, the thought never crossed your mind. Well, in order to capture the lifecycle of the Monarch you would need to know your male from your female.

How to tell the male and female Monarch butterfly apart.

How to Tell Male and Female Monarch Apart

Female Monarchs
Female Monarch Butterflies are the eggs layers. They lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed plants. So, it is important to know how to spot them if you want to track the lifecycle of the Monarch.  The butterfly on the left above is the female. The female’s webbing is thicker than the male and she has no identifying wing spots as the male does.

Male Monarchs
Males have a clearly visible black spot on each hind wing from which pheromones are released to attract females.  Females choose mates according to scent and visual appearance.

If you have a Monarch without clearly visible black spots behind each tail wing, you have a female Monarch.

Keep an eye out for her around Milkweed plants to see when she lays her eggs. Right away after mating, she only lays one egg on the underside of each plant. Then you can watch the caterpillars hatch in 3-6 days and grow and grow, and grow.

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