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Atlas of North Dakota Butterflies

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

  • BND: Monarch; Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  • BNA: Monarch; Danaus plexippus
  • Habitat: Widespread immigrant
  • Larval food: Asclepias spp.
  • Adult flight: Sparse northward immigration in spring results in multiple broods; southward fall migrations can be quite spectacular
  • References: Royer 174, Opler & Krizek 193, Scott 229
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