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Mariposa Monarca

Danaus plexippus

Description:

Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm (3½–4 in)[3] (the viceroy butterfly is similar in color and pattern, but is markedly smaller, and has an extra black stripe across the hind wing). The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its multigenerational southward late summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, covering thousands of miles.

Habitat:

Overwintering populations of D. plexippus are found in Mexico, California, along the Gulf coast. The overwintering habitat typically provides access to streams, plenty of sunlight (for body temperatures that allow flight), appropriate vegetation on which to roost, and is relatively free of predators. Overwintering, roosting butterflies have been seen on sumacs, locusts, basswood elm, oak, osage orange, mulberry, pecan, willow, cottonwood, and mesquite. During the fall migration, butterflies must have access to nectar-producing plants.

Notes:

Somewhere at the Sierra Madre near Jaumave, Tamaulipas, Mexico,

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2 Comments

rosygu61
rosygu61 7 years ago

Je suis desole, perdon, sorry, listo!

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

Hi there, please put the common name in the common name box, scientific names are only appropriate for this box when a common name does not exist. But in this case, there definitely is a common name so please correct this, thanks!

rosygu61
Spotted by
rosygu61

Tamaulipas, Mexico

Spotted on Nov 1, 2014
Submitted on Nov 26, 2014

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