In one day, God created all kinds of amazing creatures that fly, including birds, bats, and butterflies. Today, one of the most famous butterflies is the monarch.

Monarch Butterfly

The scientific name of the monarch butterfly is Danaus plexippus.

Monarchs are common in warm, wet climates worldwide. Look for them in meadows, fields, and marshes—perhaps even in your own backyard!

The bright orange color warns other animals, “Don’t eat me!” The monarch is bitter and poisonous to its predators.

Every year millions of monarch butterflies travel to Mexico, where they spend the winter. They can fly 3,000 miles (4,800 km) or more just to get out of the cold!