Monarch Butterfly

West Virginia State Butterfly


Male monarch butterfly

Adult male monarch butterfly photo © Jennifer E. Dacey / University of Rhode Island:

Monarch Butterfly

West Virginia designated the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) the official state butterfly in 1995. Both caterpillar and butterfly are brilliant in color as a warning - the Monarch ingests toxins from the milkweed plant which are poisonous to predators.

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Monarch caterpillar © Peter Wirtz - Personal Web Site:

Female monarch butterfly on milkweed © photographer Lynn M. Rosenblatt, author of "Monarch Magic" (Worthy / Ideals) and "Monarch Buddies, Munch-A-Bunch of Milkweed" (Mindstir Media) Monarch Butterfly USA (all rights reserved; used by permission).

Monarch butterfly on milkweed


Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly