monarch butterfly


Definition of monarch butterfly

: a large migratory American butterfly (Danaus plexippus) that has orange-brown wings with black veins and borders and a larva that feeds on milkweed

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Recent Examples on the Web What was then a nascent field of study has since been endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration and bolstered by former President Barack Obama’s 2015 monarch butterfly corridor plan. Jules Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can roadsides offer a beeline for pollinators?," 31 July 2020 Each mask featured in the book has a meaning, starting with the cover’s migrating monarch butterfly, symbolizing immigration. Dallas News, "To show love amid COVID-19 fears, North Texas couple creates a bilingual book to help kids cope," 1 July 2020 The monarch butterfly — that, my friends, is where the answer lies. Gabriel Casanova,, "2020 a year of transformation for new graduates," 10 June 2020 With all the interest in monarch butterflies, many gardeners are planting milkweed. Calvin Finch,, "Calvin Finch: The insect pests invading San Antonio gardens and how to stop them," 2 Apr. 2020 Photographer Jaime Rojo, a National Geographic Society grantee who specializes in monarch butterflies, said the local environmentalists were under pressure by loggers and by drug cartels, who want to expand farming fields. National Geographic, "Why is protecting butterflies so dangerous?," 6 Feb. 2020 Millions of monarch butterflies return to the site every year as part of their natural migration, according to UNESCO. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Two men were found dead within days of each other in Mexico. They both worked for a famed butterfly sanctuary.," 4 Feb. 2020 He and his colleagues analyzed isotopes of the elements hydrogen and carbon in more than 1,000 monarch butterflies collected in Mexico by Brower and others over four decades. Gabriel Popkin, Scientific American, "What Is Really Killing Monarch Butterflies?," 1 Mar. 2020 On top of that, Michelle is from Illinois, and the state insect there is a monarch butterfly. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is the Butterfly on 'The Masked Singer'? We Definitely Figured It Out," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of monarch butterfly

1890, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2020

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“Monarch butterfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of monarch butterfly

: a large orange and black American butterfly

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: a large orange and black American butterfly

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