North Louisiana Wildlife

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Monarch butterfly flying away from a yellow flower

Did you know that monarch butterflies are the only butterflies that migrate for winter?

Monarch Butterflies
a Glance

Monarch butterfly on a yellow flower

Key Features:

Monarch butterflies are butterflies with reddish-orange wings with black markings on them. They have black borders with white spots in them on their wings.


Open fields and meadows with milkweed

nesting habits:

Monarch butterflies lay 700 eggs, one egg at a time, in April and May.

seasons monarch butterflies are active in our area:

Spring, summer, fall


Milkweed and nectar

hunting Behavior:

Adult monarch butterflies eat nectar. Monarch butterfly caterpillars eat the milkweed their eggs were laid on.

Commonly Confused With:

Viceroy Butterflies

Viceroy butterfly on a dried piece of tall grass

Monarch butterflies are often confused with viceroy butterflies because both have orange wings with black borders with white spots in them.

Monarch butterfly on a yellow flower

Monarch butterflies are larger. Viceroy butterflies have a black line on their hindwings.

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