Monarch Caterpillar - Danaus plexippus
Monarch larva with a complex banding pattern of white, yellow, and black stripes. The white dots on the prolegs, in addition to the large size of this caterpillar (6 cm) indicate that this is probably a 5th instar larva.
Habitat: Milkweed that was growing beside a pond.
The monarch butterfly or simply monarch is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names depending on region include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown. It may be the most familiar North American butterfly, and is considered an iconic pollinator species. Its wings feature an easily recognizable black, orange, and white pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm The viceroy butterfly is similar in color and pattern, but is markedly smaller and has an extra.. more