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Central American Monarch
01-NOV-2006 Jay Levin

Central American Monarch

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Scientific name: Danaus plexippus

In the western hemisphere, there are two subspecies of the monarch butterfly: (1) Danaus plexippus plexippus of southern Canada, the USA,
Mexico, most Caribbean Islands, Central America, and northern South America; and (2) Danaus plexippus erippus of Peru, Bolivia, Chile,
Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and eastern Brazil. Neither subspecies has been recorded in northwestern Brazil.

Unlike most temperate insects, monarch butterflies cannot survive extended periods of freezing temperatures, so North American monarchs
fly south to spend the winter at roosting sites. In the spring, these overwintering monarchs fly north toward their breeding range. The
monarch is the only butterfly to make such a long, two-way migration, flying up to 4830 kilometers in the fall to reach its winter
destination. Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains generally fly to overwintering sites in the
mountains of central Mexico, while monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains typically
overwinter along the California coast.

The Central American Monarch shown in the photo does not migrate to North America. 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 been documented.

Nikon D200 ,Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro
1/200s f/11.0 at 105.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium large original
Pieter Bos02-Oct-2017 15:38
Excellent shot! ~V
Nora van Beek08-Jan-2017 14:07
Beautiful, sharp image with wonderful color and detail! V
Apostolos Tikopoulos15-Jan-2009 19:08
Fantastic macro, Jay. Excellent work. V.
Nestor16-Jan-2008 13:40
Excellent light and clarity,.
Very beautiful .
Bryan Murahashi03-Jan-2008 16:44
Great colors and sharp capture. V
Simon Chandler06-Dec-2007 05:18
Stunning image. Sharp and rich in colors. v
Art Parnell05-Dec-2007 20:11
Always my favorite butterfly, nicely captured Jay
Jean D14-Dec-2006 02:44
Superb shot, Jay! The glass on the 105 provides amazing detail!
carol j. phipps03-Dec-2006 03:13
Sayer11-Nov-2006 22:19
Wow! Fantastic Jay!! Beautiful shot.
akleja03-Nov-2006 14:41
Nice shot!
Joanne Kamo03-Nov-2006 11:07
Superb macro with really intense coloring! V
Fong Lam03-Nov-2006 06:13
Beautiful macro shot, Jay. Nice details and colors. ~V~
crina.03-Nov-2006 05:07
very nice gallery - I am no good at macro - it must be something related to my inability to stand still :)) so i check on other's with envy and curiosity - V
Tom Munson03-Nov-2006 01:13
WOW Jay, this is perfect. Good job. Vote
Janet Forjan-Freedman03-Nov-2006 01:04
Very nice capture Jay! What are the differences between this species and what is native to NA? Janet
laine8202-Nov-2006 22:18
Stunning !!
Barb02-Nov-2006 18:26
Great macro. Hard to image butterflys still around. Snow here again today.
QUERIDO02-Nov-2006 06:59
very nice shot,vote
shatterbug02-Nov-2006 06:10
Wow, what a shot! Excellent macro! V.
Cindi Smith02-Nov-2006 04:28
Love the shot! We still have these here too!
CIS02-Nov-2006 03:53
Unreal...both this gorgeous shot and that you still have butterflies. Wow!!!
De'Carr Studio02-Nov-2006 03:53
Nice use of the new blind, Jay. Nice shot!!
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