A Field Guide to the Prairie

Monarch
Monarch Butterfly
Lepidoptera Danaus plexippus
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Habitat/Range:Monarchs migrate throughout North America.
Eating Habits: The larvae of this butterfly feed on the leaves of milkweed. Most adult butterflies feed on nectar sucked from flowers.

A large, deep-orange butterfly having black and white markings. In the process of feeding they may transfer pollen from one flower to another, and many plants depend on moths or butterflies for pollination. Like moths, butterflies have coiled, sucking mouthparts and two pairs of wings that function as a single pair; the wings are covered with scales that come off as dust when the insect is handled.

On the Prairie Field Guide Index

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