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monarch butterfly

noun
1.
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 of monarch butterfly
1885-1890
1885-90
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  • Both the larv and adults of the monarch butterfly are distasteful to birds, by their possession of an acrid body-fluid.

  • She knew where the monarch butterfly went on his winter migration.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • The chrysalis (b) is suggestive of that of the monarch butterfly.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed
  • For a full account of the life-history of the monarch butterfly, see "Scudder's Life of a Butterfly."

  • The common name of this butterfly was probably given it in allusion to its resemblance to the monarch butterfly.

    Butterflies Worth Knowing Clarence M. Weed

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