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Monarch Butterfly

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While the monarch’s coloration looks beautiful to us, for predators it is a warning sign that the monarch tastes bad and may be poisonous. The milkweed they eat as caterpillars is loaded with heart toxins that most insect predators (birds, lizards, etc.) cannot handle. And even after metamorphosing into a butterfly, the insect still retains these chemical defenses.


North and South America, Hawaii and Australia

Lives at Audubon Insectarium

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