Monarch Butterfly

Idaho State Insect

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Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly; photo by David Levinson (Life of David) on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) was designated the official state insect of Idaho in1992, thanks to the efforts of 4th grade students at Boise's Cole Elementary School (with help from their teacher).

Both the caterpillar and adult monarch butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning to predators - the monarch ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which are poisonous.

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Images

Monarch buttterfly; photo by Dave Bledsoe on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Monarch buttterfly

Monarch caterpillar; photo © photographer Lynn M. Rosenblatt, author of MONARCH MAGIC, Ideals Publications: Monarch Butterfly USA (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Monarch caterpillar

Female monarch butterfly on milkweed © photographer Lynn M. Rosenblatt, author of MONARCH MAGIC, Ideals Publications: Monarch Butterfly USA (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Female monarch butterfly on milkweed

Videos

Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly