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Monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus
Range: Southern Canada and entire United States
Habitat: Prairies, gardens, open fields
Adult Identification: Tops of wings have a distinctive orange coloring with black veins and white spots around the tips of the wings. The underside of their wings are a lighter orange and their bodies are all black except for more white dots on their faces and underside.
Caterpillar Identification: Caterpillars have black, yellow, and white stripes all down their bodies with a pair of tentacles at their head and shorter tentacles in the back.
Adults feed on nectar from many native species including Milkweed species, Coneflower species, Liatris species, Joe-Pye weed, Aster species, and many more.
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