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  • Monarch Mimic - The Copycat Viceroy Butterfly

    0 comments / Posted on by The Butterfly Grove

    The Viceroy Butterfly is almost indistinguishable from the Monarch Butterfly. It has all the elegance and beauty of the Monarch, except for two distinct differences. First, it has a strip on the bottom wings, which the Monarch butterfly lacks, and second… it tastes good. The Monarch Butterfly is dreadfully distasteful to potential predators due to its diet of milkweed (milk weed is very bitter). This diet serendipitously protects the Monarch Butterfly from being eaten. Though the Viceroy Butterfly does not taste bad, it receives protection just by looking at the Monarch. Predators that have learned to stay away from the Monarch, also stays away from the Viceroy.  

    In nature, this is a defense system known as mimicry.  Organisms mimic the look of other organisms and benefit by being a copycat.

     

    Interestingly, in the Royal Court system, the Viceroy runs countries, cities and counties in the name of the Monarch.

     

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  • Great News for the Monarch Butterfly!

    0 comments / Posted on by The Butterfly Grove

    For years the monarch butterfly population has been declining due to habitat destruction.  The monarch butterfly feeds mostly on m
    ilkweed (here in Hawaii we have a variety called Crown of Thorn), which are getting destroyed.  The butterfly population has fallen sharply by 960 million in ten years.  The National Fish and Wildlife has pledged 1.2 million into restoring the monarch butterfly population. Money will go into education and habitat restoration.

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