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 Nearby, milkweed plants and native species grew in abundance, providing nectar for pollinators like the monarch butterfly. Susan Degrane,, 21 July 2021 For example, monarch butterfly caterpillars feed exclusively on milkweed, and eastern black swallowtails feed on plants in the carrot family like Queen Anne’s lace, parsley, and dill. Carol Flynn,, 29 June 2021 The monarch butterfly is an emblem of summer, but few might realize its ties to the Hoosier state. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2021 The Western monarch butterfly is disappearing before our eyes. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2021 Don't forget to check out the south side of the park between North Harwood Street and St. Paul for a great demonstration of native Texas plants and an urban monarch butterfly habitat. Dallas News, 24 May 2021 According to Butterfly Farms, the migratory Western monarch butterfly population has been in sharp decline over the past 20 years. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 May 2021 Most people are aware of the spectacular and well-documented migrations of the monarch butterfly. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Apr. 2021 Those wanting to learn more about the monarch butterfly and help stop its decline in the ecosystem can visit or, where there’s a link to a statewide Illinois Monarch Project pledge. Yadira Sanchez Olson,, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of monarch butterfly

1890, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jul 2021

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“Monarch butterfly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of monarch butterfly

: a large orange and black American butterfly

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Kids Definition of monarch butterfly

: a large orange and black American butterfly

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