“The caterpillar does all the work but the butterfly gets all the publicity.” -George Carlin
Monarch Butterflies & Caterpillars
I have an obsession with caterpillars. I absolutely love those creepy little crawlers. And the monarch butterfly caterpillar is one of the prettiest and most recognizable. However, they are becoming harder to find. This is because of pesticides and the loss of native plants. These insects need our help to survive. And anyone can help just by planting a pollinator garden.
How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly
Monarchs require milkweed to survive. The female butterflies only lay their eggs on milkweed plants. The larvae, also known as the caterpillar, exclusively feed on the milkweed. Without it, they will die. Milkweed leaves also provide caterpillars with shelter.
How you can help the monarch butterfly:
Plant milkweed at your home or business.
Have a pollinator garden using local plants.
Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides kill the eggs, larvae and butterflies. Then birds and other animals consume the insects and in turn, they are poisoned.
Get involved in community monarch conservation projects
Try to work with your county, city and state authorities to save the milkweed. Milkweed grows naturally along many roadways and is often mowed down during peak season.
Educate others about monarch conservation efforts.
Contribute to conservation efforts
Get kids interested in butterflies
Free Printable Monarch Caterpillar Coloring Page
Introduce children to the monarch with our free monarch caterpillar coloring page. I created this free monarch coloring page for another site. It is free to download. Please share this link with others. Or print off several of these coloring sheets for a classroom.
Click on the picture to get the free monarch caterpillar coloring page.
How to Tell the Difference Between Male and Female Monarchs
When the wings of the butterflies are open, it is easy to tell the difference between male and female butterflies. Males have a single black spot on each hind wing.
My Monarch Merchandise
If you love monarchs as much as I do, you probably already have some monarch merchandise. There are countless items available. I have included some of my monarch butterfly and caterpillar merchandise that I have for sale on Zazzle. I have also included a few items listed on Etsy that I would love to add to my collection.
1. Monarch Butterfly Glass Paperweight
Don't let missing papers weigh you down, get a paperweight instead! A fun, thoughtful gift that's a beautiful addition to any home or desk.
Dimension: 3" x 3" x .75"; Gift Box: 4.5" x 2"
Material: High polished glass with a felt backing
Vibrant images are immortalized on photo quality paper
Includes an elegant box, making it perfect for gifting
A beautiful decoration piece perfect for any room in the house
2. Monarch Butterfly Clipboard
Stay organized, and stunningly stylish, with custom clipboards from Zazzle! Use your favorite design, images or text to transform this basic school supply into a stunning accessory, that will keep you on track, always!
Dimensions: 12.5"l x 9"w; thickness: 0.125"
Designed for letter and A4 sized paper
Holds up to 0.5 inches of paper securely
Made of ultra-durable acrylic
3. Monarch Butterfly Throw Pillow
Accent your home with a monarch butterfly pillow. Pillow is made from high-quality Simplex knit fabric, these 100% polyester pillows are soft and wrinkle-free. The heavyweight stretch material provides beautiful color definition for your design while also being the perfect complement to your couch or love seat.
Dimensions: 16" x 16" (square)
Simplex knit fabric; 100% polyester; wrinkle-free
Hidden zipper enclosure; synthetic-filled insert included
Made in the USA
4. I Raise Monarchs Bumper Sticker
Let the cars sitting behind you in traffic know that you raise monarchs with this beautiful monarch butterfly bumper sticker.
Dimensions: 3"l x 11"w
Made from durable vinyl with a strong adhesive back that will hold up under the most severe of conditions
Printed with water-resistant ink that won’t fade or run.
Here are a few things I found on ETSY that I NEED!!! I think you will love these Monarch Butterflies and Caterpillars as much as I do.
5. Corner Cat, Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar, 19" long, Hand-crafted paper mache, polymer clay and acrylic. Hangs crawling around a corner.
This thing is so cool! How awesome would it be having one of these amazing works of art climbing up your wall.
6. PATTERN BUNDLE: Caterpillar Crochet Pattern Bundle // Tobacco Hornworm// Monarch // Spicebush // 3 Instant PDF Downloads
I want all of these. Included in this bundle are the patterns to make crochet amigurumi monarch caterpillar, spicebush swallowtail caterpillar and a tobacco hornworm caterpillar. I wish they were already made. If they were, I would buy them all.
7. Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar Earrings by Jabebo, Inspiring Curiosity with recycled Cereal boxes
These earrings are adorable. If you are looking for a gift for a monarch lover, these will surely be a hit.
8. Set of Two- 8" Caterpillar and 5 3/4" Chrysalis with Stand, Hand crafted using Polymer Clay, Wood and Metal, Painted with Acrylics
This set is made by the same artist that makes the wall climbing monarch caterpillar. This guy is so talented. I wish I had the money to buy all of his monarch sculptures.
The monarch population has greatly declined over the past 20 years. Please do your part and help by planting milkweed along with a pollinator garden. To help get children interested in monarchs you can use the free monarch coloring page above.