Life Span of Monarch Butterflies- Named After Danaus, Mythical King of Egypt and Son of Zeus
Probably, the most recognized butterflies of North America are the Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus). These milkweed varieties of butterflies come from the family of Danainae, a subfamily of Nymphalidae. People have seen this species in Australia and New Zealand since 1871, where they call it "the wanderer." It inhabits the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira. Occasionally you can sight them in Western Europe and rarely in the United Kingdom. You can easily identify these beautiful butterflies by their wings with black and orange pattern, and a wingspan of 3½–4 in or 8.9–10.2 cm. Males are a bit bigger than female monarchs are and have a spot known as the androconium in the middle of each rear wing. Wings of females boast of darker veins.