- Monarchs know the right direction to migrate even though they have never made the journey before. They have a sun compass, with receptors in their antennae—and use an internal magnetic compass on overcast days.
- Milkweed is the one and only host plant for monarch caterpillars.
- Monarch populations have dropped 90 percent in the past 20 years due to massive habitat destruction and pesticides.
- The grassland prairies that run through the middle of our country provide one of the most crucial monarch habitat corridors in the world.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Monarch Butterfly Look-Alikes
Four Fast Facts about Monarch Butterflies
Learn how to tell monarchs apart from viceroy and queen butterflies.
An orange, black and white butterfly alights on a milkweed blooming in your garden. But is it a monarch butterfly? Or is it a viceroy or queen butterfly? Do you know how to tell the difference?
Don’t be fooled! Learn how to distinguish monarchs from their look-alikes by taking our Monarch ID Quiz by Clicking Here