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Butterfly (Monarch)

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Danaus plexippus
Butterfly (Monarch)


They are found in southern Canada and south throughout the U.S. to Central and South America. They are also found in Australia and Hawaii.


They live in open, weedy places like fields and marshes.

Body Traits

They have orange wings with black veins and white spots along the edges. Their caterpillar is black, yellow, and white striped. Their wingspan is up to 5" wide.


They are poisonous to birds because of their milkweed diet. They are the only butterfly that migrates yearly, flying thousands of miles south into central Mexico.


The caterpillars eat milkweed and the adults eat milkweed flower nectar.

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Females lay a single egg on a milkweed leaf. When it hatches, the caterpillars eat the milkweed.

Butterfly (Monarch)


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Macrolepidoptera
Family: Danaidae
Genus: Danaus
Species: D. plexippus

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