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Answers to Museum Activity
Magical Metamorphosis
1. change of shape; 2. egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), adult; 3. egg is yellowish-white, shiny, pinhead size; larva is 0.2 in. to 2 in. with yellow, black, and white stripes; pupa is 20.8 in. long,, green with gold dots; adult is orange and black with white dots.

Monumental Migration
1. east of Rockies to mountains of central Mexico, west of Rockies to groves along the coast of California; 2. tags; 3. instinct, perhaps sensing changes in Earth's magnetic field

Endangered Enclaves
1. nectar from wildflowers, milkweed, trees

Strategies for Survival
1. cool, right amount of moisture; 2. The poisonous properties of milkweed are passed on to the butterfly which makes it distasteful to predators such as birds; 3. No, there are over 100 species of milkweed. Different species have different toxicities.

Local Focus
1. answers will vary; 2. raise money to support conservation groups, write letters, start butterfly gardens

Worksheet Answers
Metamorphosis Sequence: egg, larva, pupa, adult

Tagging: will vary with data used

Western populaton migrates to California Coast; eastern population migrates to Transvolcanic Mts.

Illustration of U.S. migration map answers
Answers to butterfly body parts

Answers to caterpillar body parts










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