This free vector contain Monarch butterfly vector design. Danaus plexippus (or Monarch butterfly) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.

We have chosen to create a vector of the Monarch, because this butterfly is remarkable in many ways. It has a beautiful color pattern and exhibits extraordinary behavior, which makes it one of the best-known butterflies in the world. Monarchs are famous for their long-distance seasonal migration. These tiny creatures live in North America, but every autumn they fly thousands of kilometers to the south to overwinter, and in spring return to their northern summer habitats. They can fly for up to 11 hours without resting and up to 1000 km without feeding. Once they reach their overwintering locations (the most famous of which are those in central Mexico), they aggregate in small forest patches and cluster in millions on the trees, blanketing them entirely.


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The Monarch’s bright orange color serves as a warning to predators that they are inedible. Monarch caterpillars feed on milkweed which contains cardiac glycosides. These are toxic to the birds causing their severe vomiting, so they avoid feeding on the Monarchs in the future. Monarchs have quite a short life cycle, so they develop several generations per year. This means that not a single butterfly lives long enough to come back to the starting point. Yet, year after year they unmistakably follow their migratory routes. Their incredible navigation skills are genetic, and generations of scientists have studied them for decades trying to understand the mechanisms that control the behavior of the Monarch butterflies.

The vector has been created by tracing a detailed picture of the butterfly. It is symmetrical, as you can see, and the colors are represented quite faithfully.


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