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The monarch’s scientific appellation Danaus plexippus translates as “sleepy transformation.” This name references this butterfly’s migratory habits, coming as it does from the Greek legend of Danaus, a mythical king whose daughters fled their home country. Perhaps because of the insects’ color or majestic size, the early North American settlers referred to monarchs as “king billies,” after William of Orange, who with his wife Queen Mary ascended to the British throne in 1689.

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