**********The Monarch Butterfly, (Danaus plexippus) is a common butterfly that lays its eggs on the milkweed plant. They have four stages of life:
1.) egg: 1/8 inch long, spherical, ridged and white. Hatches in 3-5 days.
2.) caterpillar: the larva stage. Molts 4 time, eating its old skin as it grows to be about 2 inches long.
3.) pupa: a green cylinder shape that becomes transparent a day before the adult emerges in about 10-12 days.
4.) adult: Bright orange with black wing veins and outer margins. Three oranges patches, with white spots on the black outer margins. The body has white spots on a black trunk.