Monarch Butterfly
Danaus plexippus
Danaidae (Milkweed Butterflies)


Photo courtesy Curtis Miyasaka, Alabama
9 June 2005
Copyright (c) 2005, CM

Identification: Oplar, USGS Internet pages, Butterflies of Alabama - The Monarch butterfly has a wing span of 3-4 inches. Its primary colors are brown to orange-brown; the wings are white-spotted with black borders and dark veins. The male has a dark scent patch along the fifth vein of the hindwing. Its preferred habitat is fields, grasslands, gardens and groves.

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