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Northern flickers are commonly found in the Southern part of the U.S. but lately, due to warm temperatures experienced around Canada, they are getting to be very popular all over the U.S. and especially in the Midwest. Because of the warmer temperatures, these species of birds are present throughout the seasons. They travel distances to the South when it starts getting cold to avoid the winter snowy weather.
Northern flickers turn to have their off springs twice a year and the number of off springs ranges from 4 to 6 at a time. They feed on wood chips, barks of wood, nuts and dried bread crumbs.
Their nests are made of dried sticks, petals and sods with feathers and cotton to add a layer of cushion to protect their off springs as well as keeping them comfortable and save when its cold or rainy. They are early risers and I can hear them chipping, chipping, chipping on wood barks making wreaky, wreaky, wreaky sounds attracting other birds to their location such as bluebirds, cardinals and yellow birds from the back of my bathroom window. They are drawn and attracted to areas where River birch trees are common and you can see them from a distance flying and landing, creating beautiful colorful sceneries.
The Life Cycle(s) of a Monarch Butterfly
Monarch butterflies go through four stages during one life cycle, and through four generations in one year. It’s a little confusing but keep reading and you will understand. The four stages of the monarch butterfly life cycle are the egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. The four generations are actually four different butterflies going through these four stages during one year until it is time to start over again with stage one and generation one.
In February and March, the final generation of hibernating monarch butterflies comes out of hibernation to find a mate. They then migrate north and east in order to find a place to lay their eggs. This starts stage one and generation one of the new year for the monarch butterfly
In March and April the eggs are laid on milkweed plants. They hatch into baby caterpillars, also called the larvae. It takes about four days for the eggs to hatch. Then the baby caterpillar doesn’t do much more than eat the milkweed in order to grow. After about two weeks, the caterpillar will be fully-grown and find a place to attach itself so that it can start the process of metamorphosis.
It will attach itself to a stem or a leaf using silk and transform into a chrysalis. Although, from the outside, the 10 days of the chrysalis phase seems to be a time when nothing is happening, it is really a time of rapid change. Within the chrysalis the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called metamorphosis, to become the beautiful parts that make up the butterfly that will emerge.
Monarch: Larvae (caterpillar) turning into Pupa (Chrysalis) Cocoons
Monarch: Pupa (Chrysalis) turning into Adult Butterfly
The monarch butterfly will emerge from the pupa and fly away, feeding on flowers and just enjoying the short life it has left, which is only about two to six weeks. This first generation monarch butterfly will then die after laying eggs for generation number two.
The second generation of monarch butterflies are born in May and June, and then the third generation will be born in July and August. These monarch butterflies will go through exactly the same four stage life cycle as the first generation did, dying two to six weeks after it becomes a beautiful monarch butterfly.
The fourth generation of monarch butterflies are a little bit different than the first three generations. The fourth generation are born in September and October and goes through exactly the same process as the first, second and third generations except for one part. The fourth generation of monarch butterflies does not die after two to six weeks. Instead, this generation of monarch butterflies migrates to warmer climates like Mexico and California and will live for six to eight months until it is time to start the whole process over again.
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