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A monarch butterfly sits on top of a red zinnia flower

 Image Number D3980-1

A monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, lands on a red zinnia flower. As the butterfly moves from flower to flower, feeding on nectar, pollen sticks to its body and is transferred to successive flowers, in the same manner that it does for honey bees. Unlike honey bees, butterflies don't have a basket to store pollen, and their long legs keep them farther away from the pollen on the flower, so there is less pollen pickup on their body.


Photo by Peggy Greb.


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