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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
1885-1890
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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