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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)
The Monarch is a poisonous butterfly. Animals that eat a Monarch get very sick and vomit (but generally do not die). These animals remember that this brightly-colored butterfly made them very sick and will avoid all Monarchs in the future. The monarch gets its poison (cardenolide glycosides) when it is a caterpillar, from eating the poisonous milkweed plant (genus Asclepias) while in its larval (caterpillar) stage.
The female Monarch lays about 400 eggs on the underside of a separate leaves of milkweed plants. It takes the little yellow eggs about two weeks to develop. At the end of about two weeks, the eggs start to change colors from yellow to light gray. Eventually, the caterpillar's head is visible through its eggshell.
It takes about a month for the adult to develop (from egg to pupa to adult).
The life span of the adult Monarch varies, depending on the season in which it emerged from the pupa and whether or not it belongs to a migratory group of Monarchs. Adults that emerged in early summer have the shortest life spans and live for about two to five weeks. Those that emerged in late summer survive over the winter months. The migratory Monarchs, which emerge from the pupa in late summer and then migrate south, live a much longer life, about 8-9 months.
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- [2006-12-12 8:40]
oh those colors wake me up, don't need my morning coffee now. Very well composed close up. Beautiful colors and excellent sharp details.
Very nice picture and beautiful colours.
Toda una preciosidad esta moncarca, la foto no tiene nada que criticar.
Un abrazo muy fuerte desde Madrid.
A lot of sunlight in it...matches with yellow flower and the (sharp) butterfly..
Hola Jorge. An explosion of colour, I need a polarized filter for each eye. A very nice image.
You captured very nice moment. Actually, I've seen this butterfly so many times, but I don't have photos looking good, even one. :-)
Excellent details, beautiful colours with nice DOF and POV.
Very well done, Jorge.
Regards and TFS,
- [2006-12-12 13:06]
Beautiful shot, with excellent POV and wonderful colours. Detail is sharp and exposure spot-on. TFS
Beautiful work. Nicely composed with all the technical stuff looking spot on. :-)
- [2006-12-13 7:05]
Great capture and note, monarchs are truly beautiful and very tough for a fragile looking creature, TFS Rick
Una preciosa monarca, mostrando toda la belleza de sus alas, incluso sus percances en la derecha. Muy buenos detalles, luz y colores. Además interesante nota.
Très belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce joli papillon ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition et beau bg.
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP
Les sourires demain
- [2006-12-17 9:02]
beautiful b-fly, good captured species. I like the colours and sharpness also. Interesting note. Good job.