Monarch Butterflies & Caterpillars


Free Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar Coloring Page

“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.


Free Monarch Coloring Page

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.



How to tell and Male and Female Monarch Butterfly Apart

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


Monarch Butterfly Paperweight

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


Monarch Butterfly Clipboard

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

Machine washable

Made in the USA


Monarch Butterfly Pillow

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

100% weatherproof

Printed with water-resistant ink that won’t fade or run.


I Raise Monarchs Bumper Sticker

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.