Monarch butterfly © photographer Lynn M. Rosenblatt, author of MONARCH MAGIC, Ideals Publications: Monarch Butterfly USA (all rights reserved; used by permission).
Monarch butterfly; Photo by [file:field-file-photographer]/[file:field-file-source] ([file:field-file-license]).
Official State Butterfly of Vermont
Vermont designated the monarch (Danaus plexippus) as the official state butterfly in 1987 (Vermont also recognizes an official state insect). Monarch butterflies are recognized as an official symbol of seven states. All State Insects
Monarch Butterfly Facts
Both caterpillar and butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning (the monarch butterfly ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which make it poisonous to predators). The monarch butterfly's annual migration is one of the great wonders of nature.