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Danaus plexippus,
monarch

Family Nymphalidae
monarch butterfly

Monarch caterpillar, Mason County, MI, Spetember 2012
Monarchs require milkweed as a host for larvae. The beautiful caterpillar is distictive. Here, the head is closest to the camera, but note the shorter black appendages near the rear.


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