A Monarch Caterpillar Eats A Monarch Egg on Milkweed

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A Monarch Caterpillar Eats A Monarch Egg

Cannibalism is normal among caterpillars in captivity. Caterpillars eat eggs, J'ing caterpillars, and soft pupae.

In nature, cannibalism is less due to the fact that there are fewer eggs on one plant and a J'ing caterpillar or pupa is normally not near the milkweed plant. In classrooms and rearing programs, their area is much smaller. Caution should be used to avoid cannibalism in a classroom or elsewhere when rearing caterpillars..