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Monarch butterfly

Summer Lake, Lake Co, August 6


Danaus plexippus

Size: 3.0 - 4.5 inch wingspan

Key ID features:  Large. Above deep orange with black veins, black borders with double row of white spots, FW tips black with white and light orange spots. Below, similar pattern except Orange areas on HW are light creamy orange, and FW tip has two creamy light orange patches surrounded by black border with white spots.

Similar species: Viceroy is smaller, FWs shorter, has black curved line diagonally across HW. 

Host plant: Milkweeds (Asclepias).

Habitat: Can be found almost anywhere during migration. ​

Range: Found throughout Oregon.

Season: Early June to late October

Abundance: Uncommon 


Conservation Status: Has been submitted for Federal Listing as Threatened.

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