Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch Butterfly on Showy Milkweed

General: Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) are medium-sized butterflies recognized by their orange wings with black lines along the veins and the double row of white spots inside the black marginal band on the wings (makes three rows of white spots counting the white spots on the edge of the wing). Upperside of male is bright orange; upperside of female is orange-brown.

Taxonomy: Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae); Subfamily: Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae).

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Comments: Occurs throughout North America. Winters in southern areas (California, Texas, Florida, and Mexico). Successive generations migrate northward into Canada, then a single generation born in Canada flies south for the winter. Adults lay eggs on milkweed plant. The caterpillars feed on milkweed and acquire toxic chemicals, which are passed to the adult making them distasteful to predators.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Monarch Butterfly larvae (caterpillars) eating a Showy Milkweed leaf.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch caterpillar eating a Showy Milkweed flower bud.
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch chrysalis on Showy Milkweed
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch chrysalis on Showy Milkweed
Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarch chrysalis on Showy Milkweed

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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