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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Gallery

Large and brilliantly-coloured monarch butterflies

The monarch butterfly is among the most easily recognizable of the butterfly species. They have two sets of wings and a wingspan of three to four inches (7 to 10 centimeters). Their wings are a deep orange with black borders and veins, and white spots along the edges. The underside of the wings is pale orange. Male monarchs have two black spots in the center of their hind wings, which females lack. These spots are scent glands that help males attract female mates. Females have thicker wing veins than males. The butterfly’s body is black with white markings. Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter.

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Pink Dahlia Covered by Orange Monarch Butterfly at Bayard Cutting Arboretum Featured Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Print

Pink Dahlia Covered by Orange Monarch Butterfly at Bayard Cutting Arboretum

A Monarch Butterfly with wings spread almost completely covers a pink dahlia at Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale, Long Island

© Vicki Jauron

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Monarch butterfly on Buttonbush flower, Austin, Texas, USA Featured Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) Print

Monarch butterfly on Buttonbush flower, Austin, Texas, USA

The monarch butterfly or simply monarch is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names depending on region include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown. Cephalanthus occidentalis is a species of flowering plant in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, that is native to eastern and southern North America. Common names include buttonbush, common buttonbush, button-willow and honey-bells

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