Danaus plexippus (LINNAEUS, 1758)

Monarch, Milkweed Butterfly

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Photo by Norbert Ulmann. Danaus plexippus, April 1994, Guadeloupe

More photos: 1 (by Jan Weima)


pointer.gif (1285 Byte) Family: Danaidae plate plexippus

The Monarchs were not a European butterfly originally, although they reside in the Canarian Islands and Southern Spain (Andalucia). They are, however, renown for their migrating behavior and are often found in England. Just like the Zerynthia polyxena, they have beautiful colors which function as a warning system to protect them from predators.

Several broods in all months.

Futterpflanze der Raupe:
Asclepia daceae, Gossipium arboreum, Euphorbia mauretanica.

Red List Germany: n.a.

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