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Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Papilionibus > Lepidoptera > Nymphalidae

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EnglishMonarch Butterfly


Monarch is a well known butterfly famous for its migration pattern from Southern Canada to Mexico. Single individium may fly thousands of kilometers during late summer and autumn towards Mexico and return on a generational migration back to North.

How to Identify

A large size butterfly with black/orange (female) or brown/orange (male) wings. Body is black with small white spots. Around the wings there is a dark band (black or brown) with white spots.

Where When to Spot

This butterfly species is common around Montreal and can be spotted in different parks with diversity of wild flowers.



2022-07-30Parc de la Frayère
2019-08-04Jardin Botanique de Montréal