milkweed butterfly


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milkweed butterfly

n.
Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the subfamily Danainae, especially the monarch butterfly, that are poisonous because their larvae feed on milkweeds or related plants containing toxins.
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Noun1.milkweed butterfly - large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markingsmilkweed butterfly - large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markings; the larvae feed on milkweed
danaid, danaid butterfly - large tropical butterfly with degenerate forelegs and an unpleasant taste
Danaus, genus Danaus - type genus of the Danaidae: monarch butterflies
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