monarch_tonypocewicz.jpgMonarchs (Danaus plexippus) are one of the most beloved butterfly species.  From their bright coloring that indicates "Warning - don't eat me - I taste bad!" to their total dependence on milkweed plants to raise their young, and from their long migrations done each year to their stained-glass window like pattern on their wings... there's almost nothing we can't appreciate about the monarch!

 

Monarchs are easy to identify once you know what to look for.  The viceroy butterfly mimics the look of the monarch to keep predators away, so can be mistaken for monarchs unless you look closely.

 

Download the ID Guide

MonarchIDimg.jpg> Click to download the Monarchs and Milkweeds' Monarch Identification Guide to learn how to identify monarchs <

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More Resources

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