Danaus plexippus

As we continue our tour of Cox Arboretum in Dayton, Ohio, we come to the seasonal Butterfly House.  A wonderful example of Ohio butterflies and completely FREE!  The staff and volunteers were super at explaining and pointing out various stages of butterfly life cycles – which you will see in upcoming posts.  This photo shows a chrysalis studded with gold.  The top is actually a row of tiny dots merging into a golden line.  This very golden circle is how they got their name.  American colonists noticed this line, which looked very much like the crown of their king – thus Danaus plexippus is better known as a Monarch.

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