David James djames at tricity.wsu.edu
Wed Apr 3 11:30:31 EST 2002

'Wanderer' is the common name most often used for Danaus plexippus in
"Monarch" has been used rarely but may be increasing.......

Although defined migrations of Danaus plexippus do occur in parts of OZ, in
many sub-tropical areas with good populations (eg Queensland) it does just

I think the New Zealanders use Monarch..and the Brits used to (when I was a
boy) call it the Milkweed butterfly.....

Dr David G. James,
Associate Professor,
Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center,
Washington State University,
24106 North Bunn Road,
Prosser, WA 99350, USA

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dr. James Adams" <jadams at em.daltonstate.edu>
To: <leps-l at lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 7:11 AM
Subject: Re: A Puma by any other name

> Mike wrote:
> >I'm not sure where I've been, but I'm pretty sure that there is NO
> >situation among
> >butterflies that rivals the Puma/Cougar/Panther, Mountain Lion
> >example.  With the
> >exception of Painter which is a local modification of Panther, these four
> >names
> >are currently used names among mammalogists in various places in North
> >America and
> >appear in print.
> >Painted Lady and Cosmopolitan represent two names that may come close
> >because, both
> >were widely used, and I still refer to it as "Cosmo" in my field notes,
> >but don't
> >object to Painted Lady in conversations.
> Okay, I would agree that as far as English names go, there probably are
> many butterflies with four commonly used names in different parts of the
> same country, though I did fail to mention a third name for the Painted
> Lady that I still use occasionally -- Thistle Butterfly.  Four names would
> seem to be exceptional, however.  I would still suggest that for
> species of butterflies (or anything obvious to the layperson) there is
> likely to be more than one common name.
> >I have almost never heard anyone refer to the Monarch as a Wanderer,
> >although it is
> >a poetic (and inappropriate name, it migrates but doesn't wander any more
> >than a
> >lot of species), and I have only rarely seen it in print.  Is it used in
> >any modern
> >books?
> This is a name I've only seen occasionally, and has been applied mostly
> in the U.S. (England, Australia [maybe?]).  I don't recall where I've seen
> it most recently.
> James K. Adams
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