Colourful Monarch Butterflies are the most beautiful insects in New Zealand. They were first discovered in Australia in 1871 and also found in New Zealand in the 1800. Monarch Butterflies can migrate up to 2,500 miles so they can get out of cold weather’s.
Female monarch butterflies can lay one hundred eggs on one plant. Caterpillars drink milkweed to help them live and hatch out of their cocoons to turn into a beautiful Monarch butterfly. Monarch has 4 stages in their life cycle but most people think they have two. Butterflies start out as a egg (caterpillar), then hatch into larvae (a caterpillar), and then wrap up in the cocoon, and then they go through the metamorphosis into a butterfly while they are in the cocoon.