Monarch Butterfly

- Provincial Status: Special Concern

- Latin Name: Danaus plexippus

- Life span: 7-8 months (winter generation); 30 days (summer generation)

- Wingspan: 9 to 11 centimetres

- Weight: .27 to .75 grams (.0095 to .026 ounces)

- Migration distance up to 3,600 kilometers to California or Mexico

- Larval host plant: milkweed species

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