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The Queen Butterfly

The Queen Butterly belongs to the Nymphalidae family under the Genus Danaus.  It is a type of a milkweed butterfly endemic in the North American region.  The name Queen is said to be in honor of King William III of England.

It’s most distinctive feature is the black and orange pattern on its wings. The veins and the margins on their wings are black with small white specks. The underside wings are yellow brown, not orange. The Queen butterfly has a wingspan of three and a half to four inches. Male Queens are slightly larger than their female counterparts.

Queen butterflies feed on varying flowering plants such as the Indian hemp, California milkweed, swap milkweed, asters, thistles, horseweed, alfalfa, lilac, red clover, and the common milkweed. Male Queens also sip the moisture and minerals from a damp soil and wet rocks.

Queen Butterfly Migration

During the late summer and autumn, Queen butterflies in the United States and Canada fly towards Mexico, travelling a thousand miles. Queen butterflies in the North American region fly to California where the weather is warmer.

While the whole population migrates back and forth each year, no individual butterfly is able to make the entire round trip because the length of their journey exceeds their lifespan (less than two months). Female Queen lay eggs during their migration, and only the new generation of Queen make the trip back.

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