Common Name: Monarch

Scientific Name: Danaus plexippus.

Family: Nymphalidae.

Subfamily: Danainae.

Genus: Danaus, Kluk, 1802.

Species: plexippus.

FW Length: 41-48 mm.

Geographic Range: Widespread and common in all open areas on both slopes, from sea level to 2500 m. Especially common in pasturelands above 1500 m, where the hostplant is an abundant weed.

Host Plant (s): Asclepias curassavica, other Asclepias spp. (Asclepiadaceae).

Unique Characteristics: The Costa Rican population differ from the migratory North American population by not having the FW margin excavated.

Metamorphosis Time Life (days)
Egg Caterpillar Chysalis Butterfly Life
12 55-60 15-20 21
Total Proccess: 103-113