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Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus

The monarch butterfly is a common insect that lives throughout Minnesota during the summer. It's seen in backyards, parks, and in rural areas. Its large size, wide range, and bright orange and black wings make it one of Minnesota's most well-known insects. It was adopted as the state’s official butterfly in 2000.


General description: The monarch butterfly has bright orange wings with black veins and white spots.

Length: 3 to 4.5 inches.

Weight: Less than one ounce.

Color: Orange and black.

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