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Copyright: Scott McDougall (Taggart) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 64] (196)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-20
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 300D, Canon EF100mm Macro
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 23:34
Viewed: 5017
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The monarch butterfly is reddish-orange with black vein-like markings. There is a black border around its wings with white spots on it. Its wings look like stained glass windows! When its wings are open, they are about four inches wide. Males and females are similar in appearance, but the the black veins are thicker on the female's wings and the male has small pouches on their hind legs where they store pheromones. The bright orange of the monarch is a type of advertising coloration that warns predators away.

Monarch butterfly larva feed on milkweed. Adults gather nectar from flowers. The monarch is not a very pleasant meal for predators. Eating milkweed causes the monarch to store alkaloid. This makes it taste horrible to predators! This is such an effective protection from predators, the the viceroy butterfly has adapted to look like the monarch so predators will leave it alone too!

This photograph taken in the Hamilton gardens.


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Nice shot Scott, the texture and colour of the Monarch almost make out like they are painted on and the 100mm macro lens has provided heaps of detail. Well done.

Crystal clear macro with the most pleasing colours.

Beautiful butterfly very well captured with good deatils and nice colours.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • shal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
  • [2006-04-20 7:41]

Hey Scott,
excellent detail and good POV,
I have a similiar shot :)
Cheers TFS,
Vishal Sabharwal

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-04-20 14:16]

Excellent photo, lovely colors and details, nice capture. Very bright buterfly.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-21 4:14]

Nice shot of this Nymphalidae!
Beautiful on colours!

i love this picture not only because i like butterflys put because it is great, thow i am a rookie i would like to be able to to take pictures like this one someday

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