Monarch Buttefly

 Danaus plexippus

Origin: North and Central America

Size: 4.5 to 6 in wingspan

Diet: Preferred nectar plants consist of milkweed, asters, red clover, zinnia, cosmos, lantana, pentas, daisy

Activity: commonly found in fields meadows and forests

Reproduction: 

  • Their eggs are found only on the milkweed plant

  • The caterpillar eats only milkweed making the insect toxic to many organisms

  • The chrysalis is smooth and green until the adult butterfly emerges

Extra Facts:

  • The monarch migration is a multigenerational journey from Canada all the way down to the mountain range of central Mexico.

  • In the Mexican mountain range, these butterflies cluster together in large numbers for breeding

  • males have to black dots on the back of their wings that act as scent glands

 

 

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