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Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus

Description:

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer.It is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe and a rare migrant in the United Kingdom where it is called the Milkweed. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3½–4 in). (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger. The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer from Canada to Mexico and Baja California which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly. -Wikipedia

Habitat:

The Monarch can be found in a wide range of habitats such as fields, meadows, prairie remnants, urban and suburban parks, gardens, and roadsides. It overwinters in conifer groves. -Wikipedia

Notes:

On Black Eyed Susans Source of information: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_(...)

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2 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Thanks!

YorkieSutaryo
YorkieSutaryo 9 years ago

Beautiful!

Jacob Gorneau
Spotted by
Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 29, 2011
Submitted on Jan 29, 2012

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