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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 plants other than Milkweed do monarch butterflies live on?

* Apocynum cannabinum - Indian Hemp * Asclepias incarnata - Swamp Milkweed * Asclepias syriaca - Common Milkweed * Asclepias tuberosa - Butterfly Weed * Aster sp. - asters * Cirsium sp. - thistles * Daucus carota - Wild Carrot * Dipsacus sylvestris - Teasel * Erigeron canadensis - Horseweed * Eupatorium maculatum - Spotted Joe-Pye Weed * Eupatorium perfoliatum - Common Boneset * Hesperis matronalis - Dame's Rocket * Medicago sativa - Alfalfa * Solidagosp. - golden rods * Syringa vulgaris - Lilac * Trifolium pratense - Red Clover * Vernonia altissima - Tall Ironweed

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Can you be allergic to butterflies?

Yes if you are allergic to pollen.

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What is a butterfly's mouth look like?

The Butterfly uses a tube like appendage called a "Proboscis" to suck up nectar, pollen, tree sap, rotting fruit, dung and other substances that are dissolved into a liquid state. The food of choice depends strictly on the species, as some will feed on different things than others. This is Proboscis is kept curled under the butterflies head when not in use, and uncurls when feeding.

Proboscis comes from the Greek "pro" meaning before and "boskein" meaning to feed.

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Monarch butterfly classification?

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Nymphalidae

Genus: Danaus

Species: D. plexippus

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Where to find a black swalloetail butterfly?

In the U.S.A. would be a good place to start!

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What do monarch caterpillars eat?

Monarch caterpillars eat milkweed. Swan Plants are a variety if milkweed. Dogbane and giant milkweed are two other varieties. The family name is Asclepias.

It is true that monarch caterpillars will eat pumpkin although they need some milkweed. Only the larger caterpillars can eat pumpkin though. The caterpillars will not eat any other leaf no matter how hungry. They will rather starve to death than eat a different leaf.

The reason I know all this is that I have raised over 15 caterpillars and I have watched every stage of their life from hatching to making a chrysalis to be coming a butterfly.

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Monarch Caterplillars mainly eat Swan Plants but large ones can survive on pieces of pumpkin.

The above answer is totally FALSE! Monarch caterpillars (cats) eat the Mlkweed plant. The mother lays her eggs directly on the Milkweed, on the underside of the leaf. The cats then eat the leaves. If they eat the leaves of any other plant they will sicken & die.

I can tell you from years of gardening & lots of research that went onto my butterfly garden, that cats do not eat pumkin or the leaves of any other plant other than Milkweed. I would never think of feeding them pumpkin & I have never heard of a Swan Plant. The Latin name for Milkweed is Asclepias, & there are many different kinds of Asclepias. I have pics of Mpmanrch caterpillars on my facebook page, Flowers in Bloom, follow the link:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Flowers-in-Bloom/187266108057173?ref=hl

Monarch caterpillars DO NOT EAT PUMPKIN!! Monarch cats eat Milkweed. If you feed them pumkin, or anything else other than Milkweed, they will sicken & die!!

There is NO truth to what the above poster wrote, "that larger cats eat pumkin but need some Milkweed." That is an untrue, false & ignorant statement to make.

Monarch cats eat Milkweed & only Milkweed. The mother lays the eggs on the Milkweed, & they eat the Milkweed leaves. Not Pumkin or anything else!

Stop coming on here making riduculous ignorant comments that have no basis in fact!!

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Does the monarch butterfly have baby's?

NO

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What jobs do monarch butterflies have?

The Monarch Butterflies have a very important job to do during their short life times. They increase the gentetic diversity of plants by a dramatic amount. Every year, millions of Monarch Butterflies migrate from southern Canada to Mexico, and each of them will pollenate millions of flowers, since the main diet of M. Butterflies is nectar. A few butterflies will carry pollen with them to Mexico, where they will in turn, fertilize the the plants with the pollen the are carrying. This process greatly increases genetic diversity in different species of flowers and other plants.

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How fast can monarch butterflies fly?

butterflies can fly 12 miles per hour.

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Are all monarchs identical?

If you mean monarch butterfly's then no. But if you mean the kind of monarch that ruled in medieval Europe then no again. Next time remember to clarify. Hope this helped you. :)

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What is the symbiotic relationship between monarch butterflies and milkweed?

mutualistic

Mutualism is a type of symbiotic relationship. Symbiosis refers to an interdependent relationship between two organisms that benefits at least one of the organisms. In mutualism, both species benefit from the relationship. An example of mutualism is the relationship between a monarch butterfly and a milkweed plant. The butterfly lays its eggs on the plant and drinks the plant's nectar. In return, the butterfly pollinates the plant.

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To where do monarch butterflies migrate each year?

The Monarch Butterflies fly from Northern United States to mid/southern Mexico and make a trip back from Mexico to Northern USA to southern Canada.

They do this migration every year like birds.

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What are Aztec beliefs about monarch butterflies?

The Aztecs believed that adult Monarch butterflies are reincarnates of their fallen warriors. It is also why they wore the Monarch butterfly colors into battle.

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How many legs do monarch butterflies have?

Butterflies are insects. They all have six legs.

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What is the habitat of a Monarch Butterfly?

Live in woods, fields, and the pupa is under leaves

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Are monarch butterflies rare?

No

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Where in Mexico do monarch butterflies go?

They go to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, in the state of Michoacan.

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What will happen if monarch butterflies went extinct?

When monarch butterflies were extinct it wouuls no have a huge impact on the ecosystem.

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How does eating different foods than the adult butterfly help the Monarch caterpillar survive?

So it will be poisonous to bird that want to eat it

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How does a Monarch butterfly obtain and store the toxins they use to defend themselves?

They get them as caterpillars - from eating the leaves of poisonous plants. The toxins are stored in the caterpillars body, and retained by the adult after metamorphosis into the butterfly.

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Who first discovered monarch butterflies?

The Monarch Butterfly was discovered and named in 1874 by Samuel H. Scudder. The Monarch Butterfly is currently threatened because of the change in climate.

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How many Monarch butterflies are there?

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a widely known and familar butterfly. It is famous for its migration from the US and southern Canada to Mexico; however, it is also found in New Zealand, Australia, the Azores, and Western Europe. In Mexico alone there are hundreds of millions of monarchs decorating the forests each winter (50 million per hectare of Mexican forest). How many there are worldwide is anyone's guess.

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What conditions affect monarch butterflies?

rain

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