Monarchs are members of the Lepidoptera family, which is one of the largest insect families.  They are cold-blooded creatures and love the warm sun.

 

Monarchs need a variety of plants including some for nectar, resting, egg laying and swooping. (Photo courtesy of Heide Ludwig)

 

Milkweed, the favorite host plant of the Monarch, in its natural state in the fall. (Photo courtesy of Heide Ludwig)

 

A Monarch butterfly as it emerges from its chrysalis.

 

Caterpillars will continue to eat until they reach the size for pupating. At that time, they will attach themselves to a branch or stem and form a chrysalis.