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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North Carolina Wake Forest: The city is being recognized for its commitment to preserving monarch butterflies. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 The prairie-themed landscape includes native grasses and trees, a frog pond, monarch butterfly habitat and bee pollinator habitat. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "A slide, solar panels and tons of natural light: Peek inside the coolest new elementary school," 6 Aug. 2019 Last summer, Hallman began raising monarch butterflies, a growing trend that has caused debate between the academic science community and nature enthusiasts. Christen A. Johnson,, "As raising monarch butterflies gains popularity, some worry about parasites, DNA changes," 3 July 2019 While planting milkweed is helpful for sustaining healthy monarch butterfly populations, new Michigan State University research says mowing some of that milkweed at differing times in the summer is even better for them. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "This endangered water beetle is found only in a few streams Up North," 16 July 2019 Ohio's monarch butterfly population was hit particularly hard, shrinking at a rate of 7% every year. Scottie Andrew And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Ohio's butterfly population has fallen by a third, and researchers say the findings spell trouble for bees," 10 July 2019 It was planted to help reverse the trend of dwindling bee and monarch butterfly populations. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Frustrated environmental-committee members resign. Now Hales Corners fruit and nut orchard is at risk," 18 June 2018 Roundup Is Annihilating Monarch Butterflies Researchers at Iowa State University found that the heavy use of glyphosate has resulted in an 81 percent decrease in the monarch butterfly population. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Toxic Roundup Are You Eating?," 13 Mar. 2017 Iowa Newton: Biofuel plants in the state are adding milkweed and other native plants to their properties so monarch butterflies can fuel up during the annual migration. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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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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