The White Monarch Butterfly

Butterfly

White Monarch Butterfly
Photo: Lisa, Flickr

The vast majority of Monarch Butterflies in Eastern North America sport the familiar orange and black coloration. Occassionally a very rare white color morph of Danaus plexippus is found. The white morphs have lower survival than the orange butterflies because they are more frequently attacked by birds.

Monarchs live in several locations outside of North America. On the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, the White Morphs are more frequently seen and can be up to 10% of the Monarch population. Apparently bird predation there is less intense. The photo (Top Left) was taken by in Hawaii and shared on Flickr by Lisa: https://www.flickr.com/photos/hawaii-lisa/73621694/

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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3 Responses to The White Monarch Butterfly

  1. S. Carter says:

    I’d never even heard of a White Monarch! Guess that really does miss the whole point of being orange and black and screaming “I’m poisonous!”. Thanks for sharing this photo.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We saw one yesterday just outside Houston MN ON THE state Bike Trail at the picnic spot. If I’d known how rare I would have spent more time attempting a picture.

  3. Mterronez says:

    Sorry hit enter to soon. My post was Houston mn

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