Monarch (Danaus plexippus)


 
Living image of a Monarch on a flower
Living image of a Monarch on a leaf
Family: Nymphalidae (brush-footed butterflies).
 
Geographic Distribution: Worldwide.
 
Wingspan: 75-100 mm (3-4 in).
 
Larval host plants: Milkweeds (Asclepias spp.).
 
Habitats: Highly adaptable. Common in fields and meadows, as well as more urbanized areas.
 
Identification: Probably the most easily recognizable butterfly of all: orange wings with black borders and venation. Males can be distinguished by the presence of a single black spot on each hindwing.
 

 
Small image of a Monarch specimen
Monarch
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