Monarch Danaus plexippus

A long-distance flyer! The Monarch is famous for its long migrations from Canada down to the States and Mexico. They then hibernate on conifer trees, covering every square inch of leaf and branches over a few miles. These sites are now protected but there are many other smaller colonies all over California some even in the centre of Lost Angeles. We have spotted a Monarch flying over the Pier in Aberystwyth; seven others were seen in Wales that September .

Name: Monarch

Latin: Danaus plexippus

Family: Nymphalidae

Origin: USA and Central America

Food plant: Milkweed