monarch butterfly


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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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THE TRAVELLER: This monarch butterfly was in a Chicago backyard this past July, meaning it most likely descended from one or more butterflies who wintered in Mexico earlier in the year.
They have advocated on behalf of the monarch butterfly, forests, sea turtles, the atmosphere, and beyond.
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If enough people take action, something as simple as adding a few plants to your flower garden this spring can help support monarch butterfly populations.
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But despite eight or more decades of life experience, until recently, many had never gotten up close and personal with one of the most amazing creatures of North America—the monarch butterfly.
The second edition includes updated content and four new insect species: the monarch butterfly, the black swallowtail butterfly, the bessbug, and the Madagascar hissing roach
Animal Maximum one-way travel distance (kilometers) Salmon 1,600 Lucy's warbler (bird) 2,400 Monarch butterfly 4,750 Humpback whale 8,500 Northern elephant seal 10,500
Given the precipitous decline of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly over the past decade (Brower et at, 2012; Rendon and Tavera-Alonso, 2014), due in large part to the elimination of milkweeds by industrialized agriculture (Pleasants and Oberhauser, 2012), we asked if a timed mowing regime to enhance the regrowth of milkweeds could increase monarch numbers during their mid to late summer breeding time in two New York fields.
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.