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Copyright: The dude who loves frogs (AnimalExplorer) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1010 W: 6 N: 334] (1997)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, 105mm F2.8D Micro-Nikkor
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-06 9:19
Viewed: 6006
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 42
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Monarch butterfly
(Danaus plexippus)

It was incredible just to sit there and watch this beautiful creature emerge into its second life. I was very fascinated with how the abdomen starts pumping and fluids fill into the viens of the wings making them expand. It was like watching a balloon slowly filling with hot air.


The Central American population of the Monarch occurs in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, British Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and southern Mexico. Unlike the eastern and western populations, the Central American Monarch population is relatively sedentary, although short distance (10 to 100 km) seasonal migrations in Costa Rica between highland and lowland regions, in an east to west direction, have recently been documented (Haber 1993). In contrast to the other North American populations, Central American Monarchs are reproductively active throughout the year, and the migration of the species in Costa Rica is dictated by dry and wet seasonal conditions and their favourability for breeding. This is the only North American population that has a relatively fixed year-round distribution, and it does not contribute to the numbers of Monarchs found in Canada and the United States each year.


Paul Bratescu

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-05-06 9:36]

This is wonderful image, what a timing and capture with good composition and details. Excellent work, details all the way. tfs.

Lucky you, Paul! Great capture, brilliant viewing angle, stunning light and composition! I am simply blown away from the qualities of that image! Well done! ..... Wow !
George Veltchev

Hello Paul,
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Impressive, big time, a picture that speaks for itself! good job! TFS

Hi Paul,
I can imagine that this was a special moment to watch. I wouldn't mind seeing it and than be able to make such a great photo of it. I like the moment you've captured showing still the folded wings but also what it will soon be. The details in the cocoon and butterfly are great and I really like the soft light and soft BG.

It is really FASCINATING to view this image; I can deeply appreciate your feelings.
Mario from COLD COLD Calgary, Canada with friendly greetings.

Nice shot, great detail and colour good sharpness, and must have been a really cool moment to witness, great capture...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-05-06 10:15]

Hola Paul.
New life.
Excellent Pro photography. First class.
Worth seeing in a fine magazine cover.
Felicidades Amigo.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-06 12:02]

Wow! Very interesting capture and scene. I like vivid colors and details
Thanks for sharing

Hello Paul,

What an impressing picture of this Monarch!!! As you said about my Popler Borer, the light is perfectly managed without any highlights reflection on the butterfly and on the empty cocoon. The dark and blurred bg enhances so well the subject. I'm pretty sure you have plenty of beautiful pictures of moments following this one. The pov took is perfect in order to obtain this nice symmetry of the wings.

Very impressing picture you can be proud of!

I thought that Monarches "hatches" in North America. Obvioulsy I'm wrong and I didn't know that some Asclepias was good for Monarches' caterpillars in Honduras...



great moment, add to favorites, nothing else to say

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-06 13:52]

Hello Paul,

Great moment! Excellent picture!



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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-06 13:56]

This is great capture with excellent composition and perfect details.Well done!.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-06 15:12]

Woow! It's a birthday pics today...you and "Flashpoint" shos us fantastic pic.This is one of the best never seen on TN,you was lucky to meet that...and a great photographer to take this moment so perfectly.This pic go direct in prefereds....Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2010-05-06 23:24]

Hello Paul
wonderful details, fine colors and splendid sharpness on this Monarch with a great focusing. The composition is very detailed on an interesting neutral background. Well done.

Hello Dude,

Awesome natural history image, well taken, picture perfect.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-07 4:58]

Hello Paul,
A picture for a book of Natural History with perfect timing, beautiful colors and excellent sharpness. I also appreciate that we can see so well the transparency of the cocoon and the starting moment of expanding the wings. Must have beeen fascinating to watch it.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2010-05-07 9:55]

Superb Superb Superb simply superb image. Nature is precise and calculative. Good shot. Ganesh

amazing capture, TFS Ori

This moment is spectacular, Paul, you are a lucky guy to see that. So thanks that you share this moment with us.
The sharpness is very good, also the blurred BG, nothing is disturbing, I love it, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-06-02 18:07]

How did I miss this one, Paul?
Love it! Perfect timing.
Technically excellent!
A fantastic close-up of this emerging beauty.
TFS. : )

Hi Paul,
you like to make a definitive statement with your shots. This one is a good example: with one single picture you explain to the viewer the whole metamorphic process of a butterfly. Look at the chrysalid skin left, the tracheae, the not-yet -unfolded wings. A master piece!
Best regards

Wonderfull image
Good sharpness
Good Job

Ciao Deffra

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