Monarch caterpillars molt (shed their skin) five times throughout their larval stage. The "skin" that is left behind is actually the caterpillar's exoskeleton. An insect's skeleton is on the outside, as opposed to on the instead like mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians and birds. Endoskeletons provide support inside the body in the form of bones and cartilage, whereas As caterpillars grow, their exoskeleton gets too tight, so they need to shed it in order to continue to grow. Each molt results in a new "instar" stage. Therefore, when the egg hatches, that tiny 2 mm caterpillar is in its first instar stage.

 

It will molt three more times and grow exponentially over a couple of weeks. Each stage lasts 3-5 days. The fifth and final molt is when the fifth instar caterpillar becomes a chrysalis.

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Conserve

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Conservation: a careful preservation and protection of something, especially planned management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

 

Protecting what we love and conserving it for future generations takes time, money and effort, but we can do it if we act now and work together...

 

Below are some simple steps you can follow to help conserve our natural world for years to come, not just for us, but for the species we're working to protect.

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Take Action!

SHOW UP! Find ways to participate in your community and become involved in conservation projects that interest you. 

WRITE and CALL your local and state politicians voicing your opinions and concerns.

VOTE for local and state politicians who support conservation.

SIGN petitions supporting nature conservation.

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Learn & Spread the Word!

LEARN, READ, and RESEARCH topics you're interested in, and PARTICIPATE in projects that spread the word. VOLUNTEER at an outreach event. SHOUT it from the mountain tops! TALK to friends and family and POST to social media all projects you find important enough to involve others.

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Donate!

CONTRIBUTE! Contributing to a cause is a great way to help without doing the legwork, if you are unable or not interested. DONATE to reputable organizations that prove they are working toward conservation through community outreach, science and action. RESEARCH organizations before contributing to their campaigns. Choosing wisely can make a major difference.

Clarification: The difference between conservation and preservation is that although both protect nature, preservation protects the Earth’s natural resources from humans, harm and degradation, while conservation is the sustainable use by humans and protection of these resources well into the future.

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