Though tiny, this species travels far. Collect all 22 species on our handy Collector’s Card.

 

Conservation Status: Endangered

  • Danaus plexippus
  • Wingspan: 7–10 cm
  • Other names include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown butterfly
  • Unlike most other butterfly larva, monarch larva are brightly coloured to discourage predators
  • Average flight speed around 9 km/h, about that of a human jog
  • Has been observed flying more than 1 km above the ground