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Male and Female Monarch Butterflies



Before students view the labeled images, have them observe, compare, and describe these unlabeled images.

Questions About Details

  • How are the monarchs alike and different?
  • Do you see any differences in size, shape, or color?
  • How would you describe the patterns on the wings of each butterfly?
  • Do you see any field marks that you could use to distinguish one monarch from the other? (A field mark is a characteristic that can be seen from a distance, in a natural setting.)