Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies are a species of milkweed butterfly native to North America, although they can also be found in New Zealand, Australia and the Canary Islands just to name a few. These butterflies are famous for their annual fall migration to warmer climates and the massive gatherings of butterflies these migrations cause. Beautiful but toxic (to eat, that is), Monarchs are poisonous due to the toxins contained in the milkweed leaves they consume as caterpillars.

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What does a monarch butterfly symbolize?

poison

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How do you find information on the Berlin Butterfly paintings in memory of summer 1945?

I have one of these paintings and would really like to also find out any information on this. I currently cannot find any. Thank you. There is a Berlin Butterfly Painting hanging in the Belmar Fishing Club in Belmar, NJ. I stopped to read the explanation...I don't remember everything but it they were created by the citizens of Berlin as a way to begin to make their city beautiful again after it was ruined by the war.

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Why are Monarch Butterflies endangered?

According to the WWF and the IUCN, Monarch butterflies are not currently endangered. However, their migratory patterns are at risk because their routes are endangered due to habitat loss.

Illegal deforestation of their overwintering grounds is the greatest current threat. Logging of their traditional wintering grounds means the butterflies have fewer places to rest during winter. Not only that, but such habitat loss reduces their supply of milkweed, a key component of their diet. There is some evidence, too, that chemicals used to kill milkweed also affect the caterpillars and adult monarch butterflies.

Efforts to protect the Monarch Butterfly are underway, with laws being passed in areas of Mexico and California that protect parts of the monarch butterfly's habitat.

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What are facts about space rovers?

See the Web Link 'Rover - Space Exploration - Wikipedia' to the left for information.

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How far monarch butterflies travel in a day?

Around 375 miles in 16 hours. It takes them eight to ten weeks to complete their full migration which is around 5000 miles!

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Do Monarch Butterflies live in Swan Plants?

The monarch butterfly must lay their eggs on milkweed plants (Asclepias ), and the swan plant is listed on wikipedia as a type of milkweed. Most plants in the milkweed family produce flowers which the monarch can feed on. The caterpillars of the monarch butterfly can only eat leaves from plants in the milkweed family and will die without this food source. The milkweed plant is known for it's white milky sap, which contains alkaloids, latex, and several other complex compounds including cardenolides. Some species are known to be toxic. The caterpillars are immune to the milkweed sap and actually make themselves poisonous by eating it. The butterfly retains the milkweed poison as a defense against predators. Both the monarch caterpillars and the monarch butterflies use bright color patterns as a warning that they are dangerous to eat.

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What does an Eastern Tent Caterpillar look like?

They are hairy caterpillars, black with a white stripe down the back, brown and yellow lines along the sides, and a row of oval blue spots on the sides. In 4 to 6 weeks the caterpillars are full grown and 2 to 2-1/2 inches long.

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What are the gold beads on a monarch butterfly chrysalis?

The gold spots on the Monarch chrysalis are a mystery that has inspired much curiosity. The gold color is produced not by a pigment, but by structural iridescence. In other words, the metallic luster you see results from the refraction of light from the multiple laminae (layers) of the cuticle of the pupa. The multiple colors seen when oil is spilled on water are produced in the same way. In an attempt to determine the function of these gold spots, Fred Urquhart conducted a series of controlled experiments in the early 1970s. He found that the destruction of these spots caused the wing scales to fade, or reduced the number of scales on the head or abdomen, depending on which spots were destroyed. From this he concluded that the gold spots are associated with scale formation and pigmentation; however, we still do not understand specifically how the gold spots influence these aspects of development. It is possible that the gold spots represent major sites of organization for wing tissue and/or epidermal cells.

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Where do monarch butterflies live?

Monarch butterflies range from Central America north through Southern Canada. The majority migrate in the winter to Mexico though there are some non-migratory subspecies in the warmer regions of its range. The migration northward takes several generations, each generation lasting a few weeks. The migration southward, e.g. to Mexico, occurs in one longer-lived stage.

Monarch butterflies have been introduced to Australia and New Zealand and Hawaii. They appear occasionally on the east side of the Atlantic, thought to be transported across the ocean. These populations are not known to migrate.

Millions, even hundreds of millions, of Monarch butterflies traditionally migrate to Mexico, to a particular forest outside of Mexico City, each winter. There have been severe losses to the population of Monarchs in recent decades.
any where except cold places

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What does the webkinz monarch butterfly look like?

A monarch butterfly.

There is no Monarch butterfly silly!

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What are the predators of a monarch butterfly?

Monarch eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and adult butterflies are eaten by many different predators. Included are spiders, wasps, some bird species, and many more predators. Parasitoids such as tachinid flies also eat Monarch chrysalises - from the inside out!

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Where do monarch butterflies spend the summer?

In the warm northern regions of North America.

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How do Monarch Butterflies move?

to get to warmer climate

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Is a caterpillar the baby of a butterfly?

A caterpillar is a stage of life of a butterfly and of a moth.

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How do you become a constitutional monarch?

to become a monarch you must be born into royalty

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Do Monarch Butterflies live in milk weeds?

Only the Monarch Caterpillar eats milkweed. The butterfly's, once emerged, only eat nectar. They eat nectar from the flowers of the milkweed and lay their eggs on its leaves, as milkweed is the only food source for the caterpillar.

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Why do birds eat butterflies?

Because they eat smaller animals and butterflies are smaller than them.

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What color is a Monarch butterfly's chrysalis?

they have a wonderful dull light green colored chrysalis it's very beautiful

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When do Monarch butterflies come out of their cocoons?

In Southwest Florida, it usually takes about a week.

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How do Monarch butterflies interact with humans?

They Interact with Humans by Example: Monarch Butterflies land sometimes on your nose, hands,and fingers. They are playful with you and your children/child . There great once you get to know them and play with. You won't get harmed by it because it is a peaceful, playful, and interactive with you.

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How much does a butterfly weigh?

Butterfly weights range from 0.3 gram for a large swallowtail to 0.04 gram for a small butterfly (called the elf). The female Queen Victoria Birdwing, the world's largest butterfly, would weigh 2 or 3 grams and one of the World's smallest butterflies, the Pygmy Blue, would weigh only a few thousandths of a gram.

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What does a butterfly look like?

Answer:

A butterfly's apperance

A butterfly has four colourful wings they have white dots with a bright orange shade on the wings.

The body of a butterfly is a pale skin colour, it is slim and round on top is a head they have anteanars on top of the head.

They don't have any legs at all, they fly with their four wings.

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Can a monarch butterfly be a pet?

that depends on if you can "tame" it and take care of it. and if it doesnt fly away.

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What phylum is a monarch butterfly in?

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Danaus

Species: D. plexippus

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What plants other than Milkweed do monarch butterflies live on?

Adult monarchs eat from many flowers but the caterpillars only eat milkweed.

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