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Danaus plexippus

Wing span: 
2 1/2 to 4  inches 

Caterpillar hosts plants: 
eaves and flowers of butterfly weed and milkweed, Asclepias; spreading dogbane, Apocynum

Adult food: 

nectar of: butterfly bush, Buddleia; milkweed, Asclepias; zinnia, Zinnia before milkweeds bloom: dogbane, Apocynum; lilac, Syringa; red clover, Trifolium; thistles, Cirsium in the fall: goldenrod, Solidago; ironweed, Vernonia; sunflower, Helianthus; tickseed, Coreopsis

open areas including, fields, marshes, meadows, roadsides, weedy areas 

females lay eggs singly on underside of leaves, adults may migrate thousands of miles to Florida, California and Mexico where they hibernate for the winter. 

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