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Monarch butterfly


Any of several thousand species of colorful winged insects of the order Lepidoptera. Butterfly wings have beautiful, often iridescent, colors due to both pigmentation and optical interference.

Synonyms and Related Terms

sommerfugl (Dan., Nor.); Schuppenflügler (Deut.); Schmetterlinge (Deut.); mariposa (Esp.); lépidoptères (Fr.); farfalla (It.); papillo (Lat.); Lepidoptera (Ned.); motyle (Pol.); borboleta (Port.); fjärilar (Sven.)

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Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: butterfly." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2005. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service 25 Jan. 2005 .