Wyvern wrote:it's not bad at all. raising in captivity takes a lot of problems off the plate since they are given abundant food and safety from almost all predators. In the wild it's about 1 in 10 that manage to survive to reach adult hood.
I thought it was about 2 for every hundred eggs laid. http://www.learner.org/jnorth/search/Mo ... es2.html#3
Q. How many eggs the monarchs have in one time?
A. They only lay one egg at a time, but they can lay many in a single day. (The most I've seen is 205 in one day, but this is very unusual.)
Q. What is the most eggs a monarch has ever laid?
A. I have no way of knowing how many eggs wild females lay. However, I have studied fecundity (number of eggs laid) by captive females, and they highest number I've seen was 1179. The average is about 700, but this varies from year to year. They lay fewer in hot, dry summers.