The Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus



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The Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus

The Science:

The Monarch butterfly is probably the best-known butterfly in the New World. Native to the Americas, it has spread or been gradually introduced to other places around the world, from Europe to Australia. A member of the Nymphalidae family, or brush-footed Butterflies, it was originally described by Linnaeus in 1758, though he originally placed all known butterflies in the genus Papilio. The Monarch is a Milkweed Butterfly, and various species of Milkweeds provide the food for the larvae, which ingest and store the plants’ toxins making them poisonous to eat (the toxins can be literally heart-stopping) through their adulthood. Particularly famous as an example of mimicry, the Monarch shares a very similar appearance to the Viceroy Butterfly, though the question of which one tastes yuckier to predators is still apparently up in the air (etymologically, The name “Viceroy,” to the “Monarch,” - the “King” - is like “Vice President” to the “President”). Danaus plexippus is also justly famous for its amazing long-distance migrations North and South across North America.

The Story:

All our framed insects are mounted and framed in Upstate New York. We model our frames from fine ashwood, and they’re available in both a matte-black, and a natural finish.

Our framed insects are made-to-order. Please allow up to two weeks for your order to be completed. If you need your order sooner than this, please contact us at 212-343-1114 x401 or and we will do our best to accommodate you!


SKU: AP-FI0240
Dimensions: 5.00"W x 5.50"H x 1.63"D
Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus
Origin: USA
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  • 5
    Beautiful, as always

    Posted by Kelley Rosado on Apr 27th 2021

    I have many framed specimens from Evolution and they’re all beautiful. This was no exception. I ordered this butterfly as a gift for a dear friend and it arrived in perfect condition. He loved it! I’m a customer for life!!

  • 5
    perfect gift

    Posted by Deborah O Cook on Dec 1st 2020

    My daughter-in-law will love it!