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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
Photo Information
Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths, Monarchs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-05-30 8:16
Viewed: 3289
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Every fall millions of monarch butterflies stop over in pockets of localities near us on their migration south (see notes below). They cluster on eucalyptus trees until they cover every inch of the leaves. It is an amazing sight. To celebrate that incredible natural phenomenon, some towns hold a Monarch Butterfly Festival every year.
This butterfly is a male. The male Monarch Butterfly may be easily distinguished from the female by noting the two highly visible black spots on the insect's hind wings and the thinner black webbing within the wings. The female's webbing is thicker and she has no identifying wing spot as the male does.

Monarch Butterfly
Danaus plexippus

The Monarch Butterfly is the king of the insect world. Even though they are small creatures, they do phenomenal things. First, they develop from tiny eggs, to a caterpillar, become a chrysalis, and finally transform into a beautiful butterfly. They migrate, traveling great distances to over winter in a temperate climate. Amazingly enough, not one butterfly makes the entire round-trip journey. Winter butterflies are sluggish and do not reproduce. In spring they return to summer homes and breed along the way. Their offspring return to the starting point.

Danaus plexippus is the scientific name for the Monarch Butterfly. Related species in the family are found on all continents except the polar regions, wherever milkweed and related plants are found. It also provides the Monarch with an intriguing form of protection, since the milkweed juices assimilated by the Monarch make it poisonous to predatory birds. The beautiful orange color of the Monarch butterfly serves to teach predators that their intended meal might be toxic. Not all milkweeds produce cardiac glycosides, therefore not all Monarchs are poisonous. However, the warning orange color serves to disguise poisonous from the non-toxic Monarch.

Each Autumn, thousands of Monarch Butterflies gather in southern Canada to migrate south. Some of these butterflies travel over 2,900 kilometers, just to overwinter in places such as Michoacan, Mexico in a small town called Angangueo. Other Monarch Butterflies also overwinter in Cuba, and Pacific Grove, as well as Newark, California. In sanctuaries such as the one in Angangueo, Michoacan in Mexico there are millions of these gorgeous butterflies. From morning until about 1:00pm, they are most active. You can see them flying around and almost blocking the sky. You will hear the fascinating sound of their wings flapping. During their long flight there is a great danger from predators.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-30 8:18]

Hi Manyee,what a spectacular capture of the Monarch,not easy to take from this pov and whit the open wings,a beautiful work whit fine details and perfect colors,a great gift to the butterflies fans like me!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-30 8:26]

Hello Manyee,
Nice to see a new photo from you.
I've seen a film on t.v. about the spectacular migration of these Monarch butterflies.
Excellent photo in splendid bright colours and good sharpness. Nice diagonal composition.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-05-30 19:30]

Hello Manyee,
I must say you couldn't have asked for a mor attractive shot then this!! Love the close crop which gives us a great look at it's beautiful colors and fine features. Tac sharp focus and just the right exposure. White balance is right on the money. Well done!!

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