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Monarch "Snowbird"

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Copyright: John Reasbeck (ubc64) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon A650 IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-21 15:18
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly visited our butterfly bush this afternoon. I could tell by the two black dots on the lower portion of his wings that he is a male. He had to share the few remaining blossoms with a couple of bumble bees.

This Monarch, and millions of others of his species, are heading south, as far as 2,000 miles; it is for this reason that I decided to rename my photo "Monarch Snowbird" -- I had originally named it "Monarch Butterfly". Unfortunately, these warm weather-seeking "snowbirds" probably won't be able to make the return trip north like birds or retired people. However, their offspring will do that. So, for those of us in TN who remain in the north, we'll again be able to see and photograph these very colorful creatures next spring and summer.

I've found that Monarchs like to land on blossoms and flex their wings. Then, they usually close them and start drinking the nectar of the blossom they selected. They usually move around the blossom a bit as they sample the juice. I've never been able to predict when a Monarch will open its wings fully. I just have to take a few shots and hope that one of them will show the full wingspread. Today, I was fortunate to have pressed the shutter release just after the Monarch opened his wings.

Here are a few links that have quite a bit of information about the Monarch:





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Hi John
This image sure shows off the beautiful colour of the Monarch Butterflies wings so well. They are an amazing butterfly to fly so far south ever year.

I didn't know how to tell the difference between male and female, and now I know.
TFS Janice

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-09-21 19:26]
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Hi John , very good image here , I like how the light is coming through the wings to brighten the color.

thanks for sharing.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-09-22 19:52]
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Very good image John, of this beautiful Monarch in full wing span.
Nicely composed with wonderful colors. I will have to check out your sites when I get more time. Thanks for all the great info!!

Ciao Jonh. The great POV make imponent this wonderful butterfly. Splendid colours and contrast.


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