Family nymphalidae subfamily danainae genus danaus species plexippus common names milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown. most familiar North American butterfly, iconic pollinator species. Eastern North American monarch population notable for annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from northern and central United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. During fall migration, monarchs travel thousands of miles.

 

Monarch butterfly macro tongue sipping orange fruit
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Monarch butterfly macro tongue sipping flower nectar
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Monarch butterfly closeup tongue sipping flower nectar
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