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The Milkweed Butterflies

monarch

Monarch
Danaus plexippus

Habitat:  Open fields and gardens.
Flight:
  Most common in early spring and late fall, although may be found throughout the year.
Preferred Foods:
  Visit milkweeds (Asclepias) and composites.
Larvae:
  Feed on scarlet milkweed (Asclepias curassuvica) and Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum).
Distribution:
  All of Florida.

queen

Queen
Danaus gilippus berenice

Habitat:  Open fields and woods.
Flight:
  All year.  Migrates from north Florida August to October.
Preferred Foods:
  Visits milkweed, Spanish Needle (Bidens pilosa) and fog fruit (Lippia nodiflora).
Larvae:
  Feed on butterflyweed (Asclepia tuberosa), other milkweeds, white vine (Sarcostemma clausa) and oleander (Nerium oleander).
Distribution:
  All of Florida.

soldier

Soldier (Tropic Queen)
Danaus eresimus tethys

Habitat:  Open subtropical woodlands and open fields.
Flight:
  February to October;  sometimes common.
Preferred Foods:
  Visits many flowers.
Larvae:
  On white vine, other Asclepiadaceae and West Indian pinkroot (Spigelia anthelmia) (Loganiaceae).
Distribution:
  Tropical Florida.

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Sources: Florida Butterflies; Butterfly Gardening: creating summer magic in your garden

 

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