A collage of 4 images showing (clockwise from left) 1 a tiny egg on the underside of a milkweed leaf; 2 a black, white, and yellow striped monarch caterpillar on a milkweed leaf; 3 a dark gray and slightly translucent monarch chrysalis dangles from a milkweed leaf; 4 an adult monarch butterfly sits with its black and orange wings pen on a pink flower.
Over a period of 28 to 38 days, a monarch completes its life cycle from egg to larva (caterpillar) to pupa (chrysalis) to adult.
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USFWS photos by Courtney Celley, Tina Shaw and Joanna Gilkeson
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Shenandoah National Park, Code: SHEN
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Latitude: 38.3517684936523, Longitude: -78.5008163452148