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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Official State Insect of Texas

Texas designated the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as the official state insect in 1995. In 2015 Texas adopted a second insect symbol; a state pollinator. All State Insects

Monarch Butterfly Facts

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. 

Monarch butterflies are threatened and being considered for protection under The U.S. Endangered Species Act (monarch populations have fallen by possibly 90 percent during the last two decades).

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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