Monarch butterfly before metamorphosis
A monarch caterpillar hangs in the shape of a "j" just before beginning metamorphosis. Only about 2% of monarch eggs survive to this stage of growth.
[Research supported by National Science Foundation grant DEB 0949650.]
Learn more about this research in the Florida Museum news story Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005. (Date image taken: unknown; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: March 4, 2020)
Credit: Florida Museum photo by Eric Zamora
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