Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Cheshire local information
When to see: Last sighted in October
Where to see: Anywhere rich with nectar plants including gardens, in its normal range a wide range of habitats are used.
Caterpillar food plant: In its normal range Milkweed (Asclepias ssp.) is used, which does not occur in Britain.
Cheshire status: This butterfly is a great rarity in Cheshire. The only confirmed sighting of a genuine immigrant in the past 50 years is of a single butterfly near Nantwich in early October 1999.