A Case of Mistaken Identity?

What would you do if you saw a butterfly and you weren’t sure whether or not it was a monarch? An observer in New Jersey did just the right thing. She described the butterfly she saw in careful detail. Her verbal description is almost as good as a photo:

"The Monarch's wings had a black outline on the edge of the wings. It had black spots on the wings and the black spots were surrounded by a yellowish-orange color. Its antennae had a bright yellow dot on it."

Pull out a butterfly field guide, look carefully at the photos, and see if you can answer this question:

Journaling Question:

What kind of butterfly do you think the New Jersey observer saw? Which field marks helped you most in deciding whether or not this was a monarch?

After thinking it through...

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