How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

by Carol Pasternak
How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids

by Carol Pasternak

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"A vivid and concise guidebook that anyone, not just educators or parents, would find beneficial in their butterfly-raising endeavors. Full of butterfly insights and mind-boggling facts, it offers something to learn for everyone. From finding caterpillars and avoiding common predators to tracking your adult butterflies by utilizing citizen science efforts, this book leaves no leaf unturned when it comes to raising your very own Monarch butterflies. Even gardeners would find this book useful, as it includes tips for creating butterfly-centric gardens."
— Green Teacher

"Pasternak has written a clear, practical and family-friendly guide to raising butterflies, which includes plenty of compelling scientific information along the way and ends by explaining what we can do to save their habitat."
—Washington Post

"The breezy and down-to-earth text... nicely communicates the wonder... Especially effective is the eight-pictured depiction of the development of the caterpillar into a chrysalis."
—School Library Journal

Observing a Monarch butterfly as it transforms itself from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly is among the most thrilling experiences that nature offers. Raising Monarch butterflies is made easy with the help of this detailed guide.

How to Raise Monarch Butterflies explains what threats Monarchs face today and how readers can help conserve the Monarch's feeding grounds from encroachment. Revel in one of the most remarkable miracles of nature.

This updated edition contains:

  • More than 40 new colorful and detailed photos
  • More secrets to help you find eggs and caterpillars
  • Instructions on how to feed a Monarch and more details on their care
  • Expanded information on varieties and propagation of milkweeds
  • New page on the diverse insects in the milkweed patch
  • New suggestions for starting a butterfly garden, including a large photograph of an outstanding Monarch waystation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770850026
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date: 03/08/2012
Edition description: Revised and Updated
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 358,076
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carol Pasternak is a photographer, personal trainer and educator who raises Monarch butterflies with her family in Toronto, Ontario.

Table of Contents


The Amazing Monarch 4

What Makes a Monarch a Monarch?

Anatomy of a Monarch Butterfly 6

Raising Monarchs

What You'll Need 10

Finding Caterpillars 12

Taking Care of Your Caterpillars 14

The Great Egg Hunt 16

The Monarch Life Cycle

Here We Grow 20

The Chrysalis 22

The Monarch Emerges 24

Out in the World

Releasing Your Butterfly 28

Predators and Perils 30

Mating and Migration 32

The Incredible Journey 34

The Adventure Continues

Creating a Butterfly Garden 38

Milkweed Mania! 40


Saving the World for Butterflies 42

Resources 44

Glossary 46

Index 47

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