Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Monarchs are a spectacular species. It is one of the most popular and distinguished butterflies. It is a bright shade of brownish red to orange and is complimented by brown or black, outlining the wings and highlighting the veins. The Monarch is one of the longest-lived butterflies, living up to 9 months.
Every year this butterfly migrates to warmer climates. Even more amazing, the many generations of the butterfly return year after year to many of the same locations. Monarchs are relatively large butterflies and strong fliers; they enjoy open areas and love Milkweed. The monarch chrysalis is a shimmering green accented with gold, resembling priceless jewelry.
This article includes Monarch photos, its flight range map, and the plants needed to survive.