Family nymphalidae subfamily danainae genus danaus species plexippus Other common names depending on region include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown. The most familiar North American butterfly, considered an iconic pollinator species. Eastern North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the northern and central United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return north.

Monarch Butterfly, Milkweed, Common Tiger, Wanderer, Black Veined Brown on coneflower
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