MONARCH

Danaus plexippus

Occurs throughout both Alabama and Mississippi; most often seen in open habitats.  Both dorsal and ventral surface of wings bright orange with contrasting black veins and margins.  White spots along fore and hindwing margins.  Hindwing of males has a black spot along the inner most vein.  

Adult female - dorsal


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Adult male - dorsal

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Adult male - ventral


Adult female - ventral


Caterpillar on Milkweed


Caterpillar beginning to pupate


Early Chrysalis


Mid-Chrysalis


Late Chrysalis