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monarch butterfly

[ mon-erk buht-er-flahy, mon-ahrk ]
/ ˈmɒn ərk ˌbʌt ərˌflaɪ, ˈmɒn ɑrk /
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noun

a large, deep-orange butterfly, Danaus plexippus, having black and white markings, the larvae of which feed on the leaves of milkweed: highly valued as a pollinator, the monarch butterfly is currently not evaluated by the IUCN, but the protection of the species and its habitat is central to several conservation efforts.

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Also called monarch.

Origin of monarch butterfly

First recorded in 1885–90

Words nearby monarch butterfly

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