A Quiz To Test Your Monarch Butterfly Knowledge


1. Butterflies are in the insect order Lepidoptera. What does that name mean?



2. Why are monarch butterflies orange and black?



3. About how many eggs does a female monarch butterfly lay over her lifetime?




4. What is the only plant that monarch butterfly caterpillars feed on?



5. Monarch butterflies are not found on the continent of _____________.



6. In which year did scientists first discover the monarch’s winter migration destination in the highlands of Central Mexico?



7. What is the average distance most monarch butterflies travel when migrating from the United States south to Mexico?



8. What is the average flight speed of a migrating monarch?



9. Which of the following do scientists believe monarch butterflies use for navigation during migration?



10. Loss of habitat in Mexico for monarch butterfly coloriies has decreased by ________ percent.



11. How much food does the average monarch butterfly eat while overwintering in Central Mexico?



12. Monarch butterflies use the poisen from milkweed plants as a defense against pretators.

13. How many generations of monarchs does it take to get from their overwintering site to their northern-most breeding ground each season?



14. IWhat is the minimum termperature that enables a monarch butterfly to be able to fly?



15. What color is the monarch butterly egg?



16. Monarch butterfly vision does not allow them have ____________.