Species Spotlight: Monarch Butterfly

monarch butterfly on a flower

What is the connection between monarch butterflies and our food system?

Monarchs are pollinators and play a huge role in the health of our food system by fertilizing flowering plants. Without them, many fruits and vegetables that people and animals rely upon would be diminished in quantity and quality.

What is the greatest height a monarch has been observed?

A glider pilot observed a monarch 11,000 feet in the air (almost two miles up), the highest on record.

What is a group of monarch butterflies called?

A group of monarch butterflies is called a flutter.

 

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