Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

Scientific Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia >> Phylum: Arthropoda >> Class: Insecta >> Order: Lepidoptera >> Family: Nymphalidae >> Tribe: Danaini >> Genus: Danaus >> Species: D plexippus

Binomial Name: Danaus plexippus

Conservation Status: Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)

Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) | Ocean City Lepidoptera
Photographer: Robert J Banach
Date: October 24, 2014
Location: 136th St Beach, Ocean City, MD

Facts About The Monarch Butterfly

  • Probably the most familiar butterfly in the United States
  • Easily recognizable black and orange wing coloration and pattern
  • During the late summer / early autumn the flock down from Canada and the United States to Mexico, returning in the spring
  • The migration that starts in late summer / early autumn covers thousands of miles
  • Monarch Butterflies were taken up and bred on the International Space Station

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Wikipedia | Monarch Butterfly | National Geographic | Monarch Watch | KidZone | National Wildlife Federation


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