Monarchs (Danaus plexippus) are one of the most beloved butterfly species. From their bright coloring that indicates "Warning - don't eat me - I taste bad!" to their total dependence on milkweed plants to raise their young, and from their long migrations done each year to their stained-glass window-like pattern on their wings... there's almost nothing we can't appreciate about the monarch!
Monarchs are easy to identify once you know what to look for.
The viceroy butterfly mimics the look of the monarch to keep predators away, so it can be mistaken for monarchs unless you look closely.
Click to download the Printer-friendly, Monarchs and Milkweeds' Monarch Identification Guide to learn how to identify monarchs
To learn more about monarchs, visit the following online resources:
Let us send you a Biodiversity Institute published booklet to help you identify monarch's (and thier look-a-likes) and the milkweed species found here in Wyoming. The booklets are free, let us know how many you need.
The Monarchs and Milkweeds program is designed to work with you - community scientists across Wyoming - to gather observations of where, when, and how many monarchs and milkweed plants you find in the state. Through this, we hope to gain a better understanding of where monarchs migrate through Wyoming, at what time of year, and in what densities. We also hope to learn where and which species of milkweeds exist in Wyoming. With your help, we all can learn more about these wonderful organisms!