monarch butterfly

noun
a large, deep-orange butterfly, Danaus plexippus, having black and white markings, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of milkweed.
Also called monarch.


Origin:
1885–90

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The beautiful monarch butterfly lives it's entire life on the common milkweed plant.
Refuge staff presented programs on bird adaptation for migration and monarch butterfly biology and migration.
Monarch butterfly larva on a preferred food plant, common milkweed.
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