By MICHAEL WAGNERA reporterWASHINGTON — — It is not unusual to see an entire family of butterflies and flowers grow in a single season.
But what if they grew all year round and one of the flowers was just a single flower?
The flowers would still be a single petal of flowers, but a single one would still grow all year around.
That’s what happened to one of Washington’s most famous, but rarely seen, butterfly species, the marigolds.
The Washington state Department of Agriculture (WDA) released a new study Monday to highlight the species, which is named Marigold.
The butterfly, which was first documented in 1998, has been in the region for more than 40 years.
Its common name, which includes a reference to the word “marigold,” is because of its bright, white flowers.
Marigolds are found throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
The butterflies are considered an important pest because they carry a disease called Parabiosis, which causes serious infections and mortality in humans.
Marigrasses, also known as maryland monarchs, are native to parts of the eastern U.S. and Canada.
They also live in northern and central Europe, the Middle East, the Caucasus, North Africa and parts of Asia.
The wacky flower is a member of the genera Marigale, Marigard and Marigolds, which are collectively known as the “marionette butterfly.”