California Sea Lion
The Eyes Have
Monarchs are large butterflies, noted for their powerful flight and long migrations. They are the most familiar of all our butterflies, and overwinter along the central and southern California coast, as well as high in the mountains of Mexico.
Monarchs, like all butterflies, have compound eyes. Compound eyes give butterflies excellent color perception and motion detection. They can see objects above, below, beside, in front of, and below them -- all at the same time.
Butterflies can see a wide range of colors. This ability may have developed because of the close relationship between insects and flowering plants. Flowers attracted butterflies with color and provided nectar as a food. Feeding butterflies spread pollen from flower to flower, ensuring a new generation of plants.
SDNHM Field Guide: Monarch Butterfly
Monarca: Butterfly Beyond Boundaries