• Image of 'Vulpes plexippus' - Print
  • Image of 'Vulpes plexippus' - Print

The Monarch Butter-Fox (Vulpes plexippus) is a milkweed butter-fox (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. It may be the most familiar North American butter-fox. Its wings feature an easily
recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm (3½–4 in).

While not very large, their regal bearing in bands of orange and black is all the more impressive as the sun strikes their wing-scales during the daily hunt for nectar. The golden 'crown' on their sooty head is actually a pollen-dusted crest of hair. Taking their noble status among their fellow Butter-Foxes rather seriously, each Monarch Butter-Fox styles their own 'crown' using nectar, a little bee-fox wax, and lots and lots of pollen. Each one is different.

The eastern North American Monarch butter-fox population is notable for its multi-generational southward late summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, covering thousands of miles. The western North American population of Monarch butter-foxes west of the Rocky Mountains most often migrate to sites in California, but have been found overwintering in Mexico.

This royal 'Vulpes plexippus' subject would like nothing more than to grace your halls. The image size on each print measures roughly 7"x7" and is surrounded by a white border.

These lithograph prints of my 'Vulpes plexippus' painting will come signed, and packed in with a few extra goodies.