How can you tell a female monarch butterfly from a male?
So you've looked at the samples of both male and female monarch butterflies. What did you notice about the differences? Did you see any visible differences between them?
Experienced butterfly watchers know where to look! They look for a dark thick "spot" on one of the lines on each side of a monarch's wings! If the dark spot is there, that butterfly is a male. If not, the butterfly is a female!
Look at the photos below! These are taken from the sample photos on the previous page. We have added arrows to help you see what you should notice! See the dark spots?? On the underside of the wing, the spot is harder to see - it is faint, and the difference between male and female is not very big.
Do you see it now?
Once you know what to look for, this becomes a bit easier! Go back to the Main Page to see the same samples again, and see if the spots (or no spots) become easier to see!
When you feel like you are getting better at noticing the differences, try the quiz! Just use the buttons to pick the page you need next!
For the Teacher
Grade Level: 3-5
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