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Mine, Mine, Mine, All Mine

Mine, Mine, Mine, All Mine
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Tiffen 62 MM Circular Polarize
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-25 7:53
Viewed: 2670
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Mine, Mine, Mine, all Mine!"
At least that is what this beautiful monarch seemed to be saying. I know that this is not terribly sharp, but I would love to know what is going on with this creature. I had not observed behaviour like this before and since it was the middle of a warm day, it did not appear that this fellow needed to warm himself up. If anyone wants to offer an explanation, I'd love to hear it!

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is of course a well-known North American butterfly.
Here are some cool facts that might actually be new to you:
1)The Aztec believed that Monarch butterflies were incarnations of fallen warriors, clad in the colours of battle.
2)Their preferred food is milkweed nectar and the caterpillars feed on milkweed plants.
Milkweed contains poisons called “cardiac glycosides” to which Monarchs are immune. However both the caterpillars and the adults store these poisons in their bodies, which makes them taste bad and makes their potential predators vomit. The birds and other vertebrate predators associate their bright colours with a distasteful meal and avoid them in the future.
Source: Butterflies and Moths of North America

Tech: shot in RAW, cropped, resized and sharpened edges, added frame (forgot signature!)

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day

eqshannon, jmirah, c_rapp, gracious, nglen, jaycee, cataclysta, pierrefonds, parthasarathi, Argus, marhowie, nirmalroberts has marked this note useful
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To parthasarathi: You are quite rightSilke 2 09-28 23:26
To thor68: :)Silke 1 09-25 14:51
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Is that milkweed? Hmmmm....A poisonous plant yet has medical extracts.. Looks like a thistle but not. Good information....I am always interested in plants as well as flying creatures which sometimes in their foggy veil, look mystical.

bonjour silke
le papillon n'est pas tres net mais je suppose qu'il allait commencer a s'envoler ce qui explique cela avec cette vitesse assez lente,toujours est il que la posture du papillon est peu commune et que le reste de l'image est bien fait.

Hi silke
the sharpness is not really good
it would be so nice because the moment is good and the pov too
But nice job

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-09-25 10:35]

Hi Silke,
A fine photo of the butterfly in a strange position. Well captured. Thanks form sharing.

Best regards,

Beautiful capture very greedy looking butterfly. Great colors and pov. TFS

Hello Silke,
The exposure is great with good pov on the Monarch butterfly!
great composition with wonderful notes always

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-09-25 13:02]

Hi Silke. as you say not that sharop. but stail a nice shot of the flower and butterfly. good rich colours and a nice POV/DOF. well done TFs. good notes too.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-09-25 13:28]

Hi Silke,

This is still a pretty picture even if it could be sharper. The deep rich colors of both the Monarch and the flower are wonderful. The pose is fascinating.


hi silke, yep, here too, serving all 3 treksites.
nice things first - the composition with the pretty flower and
the colors are terrific as well as the monarch´s pose and
wingposition, just the sharpness could be a little bit better.
best wishes & take care, thor.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-09-26 1:44]

Silke, Yes all yours. Yes it is covering the entire flowre and greedy. Want to take total share. Nice shot and composition. Ganesh

Hi Silke
I like the idea and title here. Very nice looking moment and POV. Composition and OOF homogenous buckground are very good. I must agree with Toba and Thor poor sharpness is spoiling this very nice image

I like the note it is very good but I am not sure that it is a special behaviour here. It is most probably accidental situation with now special meaning for the biology of monarch
Best wishes

Hi Silke,

A good POV of the monarch butterfly covering the flowers, the photo has a good composition and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


We often have to post something that isn't absolutely perfect because it would be a crime not to share such a marvelous moment...
wonderful shot!! I love the title - perfect!
I did find a great site (link on my post today) that goes into butterfly behavior. I'll look around to see if there is anything about this behavior.

The low shutter-speed created some trouble but the butterfly's approach is different.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-27 8:08]

Hello Silke,
Thanks for your well wishes for my recovery. I am now trying to catch up with my critiques lying down as i can't sit yet.
This shot of a Monarch is appealing for the POV, butterfly pose, lighting and composition. I like the compostion too.
TFS and best wishes,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-27 9:01]

Hello Silke

Ha talk about territorial!
In the tough world of nectar gathering one must use tactics to protect the source.The colours are vivid and the composition is excellent.TFS


Hi Silke,
Technically not your best, BUT the wing down embrace of this flower is unusual.
Explain the behavior? Better to try and explain how the universe was created..
Everyone has their own take on it. I go with "intelligent" design. The other "theories" just make no sense to me :)

Hello Silke,

as stated, this is not quite as sharp as your usual shots but the sheer novelty of the pose, the wonderfully rich colours, the DoF and the composition, balance it out well!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Silke,
Very appropriate title. TFS.
- Nirmal

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