White Monarchs, Yellow Chrysalides, and other Rare Monarch Finds
Throughout wildlife history, much-loved monarch butterflies and their clown-colored offspring have received a disproportionate amount of conservation efforts from both enthusiasts and the scientific community. Even with this extra attention, there are still many monarch mysteries that require further exploration for better explanation.
This page is here to shine a light on these unsolved monarch mysteries:
Yellow Monarch Chrysalis (OPY)
This recessive gene condition was first discovered by a butterfly breeder in Pennsylvania and is currently being studied by Monarch Watch. I have never come across this phenomenon in the upper midwest, and have not received reports about this from the community until now….Lisa Narozniak collected 5 monarchs from her NJ garden that were also missing the familiar green gene:
Lisa reported all her yellow chrysalides developed into healthy butterflies and were released. Interestingly, these monarchs’ veins will be flowing with yellow blood, and not the typical vulcan green.
White Monarch Butterfly
The white monarch has been called nivosus by lepidopterists and is an extremely rare phenomenon outside of Hawaii. This condition is also born from a recessive gene. In recent years, these white butterflies have been bred in the contiguous US so a few more are seeing this rare beauty flutter through their garden gates:
If you know of a rare monarch phenomenon that deserves further research (and a listing on this peculiar page) please comment below…