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Old 01-25-2014, 01:47 PM   #11
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Fun quizzes; I did much the same as Dapjwy, 29 out of 33. The hard quiz really got me, always something new to learn.

Another little tidbit that I learned the other day is that you can determine the sex of a monarch butterfly while it's in the pupa stage.
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Another little tidbit that I learned the other day is that you can determine the sex of a monarch butterfly while it's in the pupa stage.
Cool. New to me (though I know how to determine it in the adults.

How does one determine the sex while in pupa stage? Do tell.
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Cool. New to me (though I know how to determine it in the adults.

How does one determine the sex while in pupa stage? Do tell.
Since this a monarch butterfly quiz thread I'll post the drawing showing the difference and see if you can spot it.

I'll post the explanation after you've had a little time to work on it.
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Here's the explanation on sexing monarch pupae:

A Monarch Butterfly Quiz-monarch_sexing.jpg


This info comes from page 11, 2005 of the University of Minnesota MonarchLab's "Monarchs in the Classroom" newsletter.
https://www.monarchlab.org/mitc/Newsletters/mitc_newsletter_2005.pdf


The Monarchs in the Classroom newsletters have a lot of interesting info on monarch butterflies.
https://www.monarchlab.org/mitc/Newsletters/NewsletterIndex.aspx
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My students always get a big kick out of this way of sexing pupae. I don't even bother trying since my 49 yr old eyes won't allow me to see it very clearly!
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Here's the explanation on sexing monarch pupae:
Now, if only I could find a chrysalis.

When I was getting monarch caterpillars (none last year), I only had a couple each year...the first year, I remember finding the remains of the "casing" after the butterfly had eclosed. Even that was very cool to find, but I hope to have the monarchs return and finally find a chrysalis or two with the pupa still inside.

I have to plant more milkweed...and the monarch population needs to rebound.

Once I had the monarchs, I expected to see them every year. I'm hoping this coming year they return to our yard.
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My students always get a big kick out of this way of sexing pupae. I don't even bother trying since my 49 yr old eyes won't allow me to see it very clearly!
My 45 year old eyes are starting to see what you mean lately.
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I got one wrong and it was on the easy test.

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I got one wrong and it was on the easy test.
But you knew the tough questions!

I did worse on the easiest one too.
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