The Regal Monarch
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|Monarch Butterfly on Hemp Agrimony|
Common Name: Hemp agrimony
Family: Brush-footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)
Subfamily: Milkweed Butterflies (Danainae)
Identification: Upperside of male is bright orange with wide black borders and black veins; hindwing has a patch of scent scales. Upperside of female is orange-brown with wide black borders and blurred black veins. Both sexes have white spots on borders and apex.
Life history: Adults warm up by basking dorsally (with their wings open and toward the sun). Females lay eggs singly under the host leaves; caterpillars eat leaves and flowers. Adults make massive migrations from August-October, flying thousands of miles south to hibernate along the California coast and in central Mexico. A few overwinter along the Gulf coast or south Atlantic coast. Along the way, Monarchs stop to feed on flower nectar and to roost together at night. At the Mexico wintering sites, butterflies roost in trees and form huge aggregations that may have millions of individuals. During the winter the butterflies may take moisture and flower nectar during warm days. Most have mated before they leave for the north in the spring, and females lay eggs along the way. Residents of tropical areas do not migrate but appear to make altitude changes during the dry season.
Flight: In North America during spring and summer there may be 1-3 broods in the north and 4-6 broods in the south.
Wing span: 3 3/8 - 4 7/8 inches (8.6 - 12.4 cm).
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- [2006-09-05 8:42]
Nice picture. I like how you have filled the frame with the main subject and the details shown on the butterfly are very good. The colours combinations are nice and you have used good depth of field and composition.
- [2006-09-05 12:33]
Beautiful colourful butterfly. But certainly better he would look against the less bright background. (translator)
Very nice butterfly, the colours and detail are amazing. Composition make it look like you were just beside it, good work!!
Lovely colours and details on the butterfly, but I agree with Anna that a darker background would do the picture some favours
Thanks for sharing