The monarch butterfly or simply monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily . Wings size and shape differ between migratory and non- migratory monarchs. . An adult butterfly emerges after about two weeks as a chrysalis, and hangs upside .. Historically, on average there are million monarchs.
Monarch butterflies photographed at Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Angangueo, Mexico Average life span: 6 to 8 months. Size: Wingspan to inches They emerge as beautifully colored, black-orange-and-white adults.
The monarch chrysalis, where the caterpillar undergoes metamorphosis into the winged adult butterfly, is a beautiful seafoam green with tiny yellow spots along.