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Life Support
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Copyright: Cathy Hampton (luvsdogs3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 108 W: 0 N: 184] (586)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-3040Z
Exposure: f/2.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-08-28 0:32
Viewed: 3798
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Monarch Butterfly is a TN favorite, so I thought I'd share information about the plant that is so crucial... the milkweed plant. In a local park, milkweed plants are planted in a specific butterfly garden to support the lifecycle of the Monarch. When this photo was taken, there were many caterpillars on the plants and still a few eggs.

Monarchs need milkweed to survive. The butterfly lays its eggs on milkweed plants. The growing larvae (caterpillars) eat milkweed leaves. These leaves contain toxins- poisonous chemicals. These toxins donít hurt the caterpillar, but they do make the caterpillar poisonous to most predators. Because it eats milkweed leaves as a caterpillar, the monarch butterfly is also poisonous. The survival of the monarch butterfly depends on this self-defense system provided by the milkweed.

Did you know that...

Sap from milkweed was used by pioneers as a cure for warts?

The airborne fluffy parachute of the seed was used by Native Americans to insulate moccasins?

The dried empty seed pods were used as Christmas tree decorations by early pioneers?

The boys and girls from Wisconsin schools collected 283,000 bags of milkweed fluff for use in military life jackets during World War II?

It is used as an indicator of ground-level ozone air pollution?

More information from another TN post

Taken at Coyote Hills Butterfly Garden

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Hi Cathy,
This is a beautiful picture!
The colour is so nice, very sharp and clear image, excellent frame.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-28 2:52]
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Wow ! The Monarch is naturaly beautiful, but in this composition he is wonderful. I like this plant with big balls. Colors, DOF, sharpness are great. Congratulations Cathy.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-28 3:43]

Such a beautiful colors!
This speie is really beautiful!
Very good sharpness!

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2005-08-28 4:32]

Hey! Very good picture with interesting plant and beautiful butterfly.I often see this Monarch in nature. Nice colour and good sharpness.

Hi Cathy,
This is an excellent pic! I really like how the monarch butterfly really stand out with it's vibrant orange colours. Thankyou also for the information about the milkweed plant. This plant also grows here in Australia, and thanks to your note, I now know what it is :P
Well composed and framed. Excellent job!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-08-28 10:45]

Nice and artful shot Cathy. Great colors and wonderful exposure. Composition is very good. Well done & TFS!


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-28 13:48]
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Cathy, these butterflies are beautiful and colorful, and you did a great job.

I do enjoy colors and contrast. Vivid shades and great lighting. Maybe I'd not let the butterfly in the center; I guess I'd try something in accordance with the rule of thirds, but that's just a preference.

Apart form these opinions, this is an excellent capture.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-28 14:17]

yes it's a nice one Cathy,
I like the composition, with the butterfly, the pov is good, colours are nice and the dof is good, very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-08-29 1:16]

Hi Cathy, very interesting notes and you show off the Milkweed plant and the butterfly very well, thank you. And reading Manyee's notes I say this one is a female, I must look out for them now.
We have had ONE plant for the last 4 years, but this weekend we finally pulled it out as it was one long stringy stalk, so I must get a new plant or 2 for this summer. I find it hard when there are too many caterpillars on the plants and I have to get rid of some of them. I must check the eggs more often.
Good photo, thank you, it is well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-29 6:03]

Hello Cathy!
Very nice capture.Clear details,DOF,POV sharpness,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

Hi Cathy

Lovely shot. Well composed with goo depth of colour, especially the beautiful Monarch. Lovely light and good detial. Well done. Thanks.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-08-31 2:16]

That looks familiar. : )
That shot is so sharp. The exposure is just right, and the composition is beautiful. I love those seedpod "balls" of the milkweed plant. I also like the frame. I think the black frame really brings out the black lines found in the monarchs' wings. Well done and TFS. : )

Hello Cathy!
Wonderful close up.POV,lighting,clear details,DOF,vivid colors,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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