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The Monarch is an amazing and beautiful species, known in North America for the annual mass migration between its summer home and its winter home in California and Mexico (up to 4828 km)! In the summer, Monarchs lay their eggs on milkweed plants; after they hatch the caterpillars feed on these plants and are able to ingest and store the toxin that milkweed contains. This toxin is stored in the body of Monarchs through to adulthood, and their distinctive colour pattern warns potential predators that they are poisonous. Another butterfly species called the Viceroy looks very similar to the Monarch, and even though Viceroy caterpillars do not eat milkweed, predators may avoid this species because they confuse it with the Monarch. Unfortunately, the Monarch is a species at risk in Canada, threatened by a number of factors, including loss of habitat in their overwintering grounds and reduction in the amount of milkweed in their summer habitat.