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Monarch Butterfly at Kew Gardens in London ...

 

'The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has a black body with white spots and bright orange wings with black borders and veins (some white spots are dappled in the black wing areas too). Monarchs are poisonous due to toxins in the milkweed plant (milkweed is a foodsource for the monarch caterpillar) and their bright coloration serves as a warning to potential vertebrate predators.'

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Taken on May 30, 2010