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).

Monarch Butterfly

Alabama designated the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) as the official state insect in 1989.  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). 

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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

Documentary 2014 The Incredible Story of the Monarch Butterfly Four Wings and a Prayer