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Monarch Butterflies

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.910.2 centimetres (34 in). (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.
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Male Monarch II
Male Monarch II
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Male Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Male Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
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Lots of color...
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Monarch Butterfly (danaus plexippus) just emerged
Monarch Butterfly (danaus plexippus) just emerged
Male Monarch - Vintage Grunge
Male Monarch - Vintage Grunge
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - male
Monarch - male
Monarch's
Monarch's
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - female
Monarch - male
Monarch - male
Monarch newborn
Monarch newborn
Newborn Monarch + Dryas Julia
Newborn Monarch + Dryas Julia
Plain tiger/African monarch
Plain tiger/African monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Monarch on lantana
Monarch on lantana
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
Plain tiger/African Monarch
African Monarch
African Monarch
African Monarch on lantana
African Monarch on lantana
Monarch butterflies just emerging
Monarch butterflies just emerging
Plain Tiger Painting
Plain Tiger Painting
Plain Tiger on lantana
Plain Tiger on lantana
Monarch just emerged
Monarch just emerged
Monarch just emerged
Monarch just emerged
Monarch's just emerged
Monarch's just emerged
Monarch just emerged
Monarch just emerged
Monarch (newborn)
Monarch (newborn)