Monarch Butterfly

Alabama State Insect

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Female monarch butterfly on milkweed

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

Official State Insect of Alabama

Alabama designated the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as the official state insect in 1989 (the eastern tiger swallowtail is recognized as the official state butterfly of Alabama). Seven states have adopted the monarch butterfly as an official symbol. All State Insects

The migratory monarch is a native butterfly well-known to Alabama. Both caterpillar and butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning (the Monarch ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which are poisonous to predators).

Alabama

Images

Monarch butterfly caterpillars photo © Dr. Peter Bryant: Monarch Butterfly (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Monarch butterfly caterpillers

Photo of adult monarch © Dr. Peter Bryant: Monarch Butterfly (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Adult monarch butterfly

Videos

Monarch Migration