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“Orange Symphony”

“Orange Symphony”
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Copyright: Jorge Chemas (jchemas) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 553 W: 30 N: 749] (3396)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, uv haze
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-03 11:04
Viewed: 4548
Points: 20
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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.

Class: Insecta (insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (butterflies)
Family: Danaidae (Milkweed butterfly family)
Genus: Danaus
Species: Plexippus

This picture was shot during the summer in the front garden of my house with the butterfly posing and feeding on a plant(Orange mums) that was never mentioned in the list that I have of the flowers that monarchs like to feed from.

I hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting me and thanks in advance for your comments/critiques


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hi jorge,
butterflies are very good subject for nature photography and when combined with beautiful flowers it creates a wonderful shot. This is indeed a beautiful shot,
well compsed, fine pov,
well saturated colours,
tfs & regards

The butterfly picked a great spot to lite for you to photograph...beautiful sharp color and focus..lovely photo TFS
Donna :o)

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-03 11:30]

Hi Jorge,
Aptly named shot! Beautiful colours both in the subject and the flowers. Very good pov.

Vaya explosion de formas y colores que nos ofreces.
Muy buen aprovechada la luz, sobre todo teniendo en cuenta de que no te favorecia desde este angulo. Buenos detalles y me gusta la composicion centrada.
Un saludo, y gracias!

hi jorge, wonderful colors, good composition, great sharpness, lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow...orange on orange on orange. You managed really good sharpness and saturation here Jorge.
I like this photo.

I also use the 30D. Can you tell me how you enter the data to "More Photo Info:" ?

Evelynn : )


these colors just pop of the page,
great attention to deatil,


Hi Jorge

What a stunning burst of colour! This is a really nice shot, although the Monarch is almost lost as he matches the flowers almost perfectly. TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-12-04 3:45]

Hola Jorge, Buen disparo de esta preciosa mariposa, rodeado por un mundo de color...agradables tonos y bella compo, muchos saludos

Hi Jorge,
Wow beautiful colors of nature.Very nice close-up.The details and colors are so vivid.

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