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The Monarch and the Milkweed-watercolor on paper.  This piece explores
the various stages of the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the
importance of milkweed in their reproduction.  Monarchs lay their eggs on
the milkweed plant, and the caterpillars survive on the plant until they are
ready to form their cocoons. Most milkweeds contain cardiac glycosides
which make them toxic to most animal.  The monarch, however, is immune
to the toxin and this is what ultimately gives monarch butterflies their
unpleasant taste.  Monarch and Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) are
both native to New England and can be commonly found. SOLD