Tuesday, August 14, 2007
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The Queen and the Monarch butterflies are very similar. They both belong to the genus Danaus in the family Danaidae. Members of the family Danaidae are "milkweed butterflies," so named because the caterpillars feed only on milkweed plants.
There are 300 species of Danaidae worldwide, but only four are found in North America - the Monarch (Danaus plexippus), the Queen (Danaus gilippus), the Tropical Milkweed Butterfly (Lycorea cleobaea) and the Tropic Queen (Danaus eresimus),. Most of the milkweed butterflies are found in tropical Asia.