Mystery Monarch Photos
Exploring Form and Function
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Monarch Mystery Photos: Exploring Form and Function in Nature


Small and intricate structures—the silk pad, crochets and cremaster—are critical for monarch survival, even though they're only used for about two weeks of a butterfly's life. These magnified photos and video showcase an important example of physical and behavioral adaptations of the monarch butterfly. What do these unique objects reveal about the relationship between form and function in nature?