Monarch Butterfly

Vermont State Butterfly

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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 Butterfly of Vermont

Vermont designated the monarch (Danaus plexippus) as the official state butterfly in 1987 (Vermont also recognizes an official state insect). Monarch butterflies are recognized as an official symbol of seven states. All State Insects

Monarch Butterfly Facts

Both caterpillar and butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning (the monarch butterfly ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which make it poisonous to predators). The monarch butterfly's annual migration is one of the great wonders of nature.

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Images

Monarch butterfly larvae photo by Peter Wirtz / www.insectimages.org.

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

Adult monarch butterfly

Videos

Monarch Migration