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monarch butterfly

n.
A large butterfly (Danaus plexippus) chiefly of North America, having light orange-brown wings with black veins and white-spotted black borders and noted for its long-distance migrations and its brightly colored caterpillars, which feed on milkweed plants.

mon′arch but`terfly


n.
a large, deep orange butterfly, Danaus plexippus, having black and white markings and larvae that feed on the leaves of milkweed. Also called monarch.
[1885–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monarch butterfly - large migratory American butterfly having deep orange wings with black and white markingsmonarch 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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Monarch way stations are sites containing a variety of nectar-producing plants, especially milkweed, a family of plants that is the sole host for Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars as well as a source of nectar for adult Monarchs.
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While an official census won't be ready until mid-January, observers are seeing healthy populations of butterflies bunched together on fir and pine trees in protected sanctuaries, said Gloria Talavera, director of the official monarch butterfly reserve.
Recent studies have shown that the monarch butterfly population has suffered a loss of around 90 percent in the past two decades.
Birds are departing for the tropics, and for the Monarch butterfly, the great fall migration has begun.
Senior study author Steven Reppert, MD, the Higgins Family Professor of Neuroscience and distinguished professor of neurobiology at UMass Medical School, said taken as a whole, our study reveals another fascinating aspect of the monarch butterfly migratory behavior, adding "Greater knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the fall migration may well aid in its preservation, currently threatened by climate change and by the continuing loss of milkweed and overwintering habitats.
Sadly the numbers of the Monarch butterfly are getting dangerously low, so it is good news that the three world leaders have been able to agree on the necessary steps to try and save the species.
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WRWA member Graham Lockwood presented Dr Roscoe with an automata in the form of her insignia of office (a rose) and a monarch butterfly.
As a result of these factors, the world's monarch butterfly population now fits into an area smaller than four football fields.