Monarch Butterfly

Texas State Insect

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Monarch buttterfly

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

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Monarch Butterfly

Texas designated the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as the official state insect in 1995. 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).

Seen soaring and gliding across the USA during the summer, monarchs make an incredible 2,500-mile migration each year to their nesting grounds in Mexico and southern California. 

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Images

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

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

Monarch caterpillar

Videos

Complete Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly