Latin Name: Danaus plexippus
Common Name: Monarch Butterfly
Origin: North America and Mexico
The Monarch Butterfly is possibly the most familiar butterfly in North America due to its iconic migration to Mexico during the winter months and for being an important pollinator. The Monarch migration may be one of the most spectacular events that occurs as Monarchs from all over North America travel to the same location in Mexico each year, even though those individuals have never been there. This migration has been baffling researchers for decades to try to understand how the butterflies know where to go.