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Monarch butterfly (<em>Danaus plexippus</em>)
31-JUL-2013 Christine Hanrahan

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

This is the first monarch butterfly I've seen this year. Last year, they were abundant, but this year scarce throughout their range. I can recall seeing, late last August, about 30+ nectaring on the big field of buckwheat flowers. It was quite a sight. This year, well, it is a very different story. I was very happy to see this one! Now we need to keep our eyes open for eggs and larvae on milkweed.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/320s f/5.7 at 100.0mm iso100 full exif

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Pierre04-Aug-2013 13:52
Une très jolie pose d'un papillon que je n'ai pas encore observé cet été. Ils sont vraiment rares! V
Julia Cip 03-Aug-2013 01:27
Lucky you, Christine! I was there this morning and saw a frittilary. Great shot!
Martin Lamoon02-Aug-2013 13:19
An excellent photograph. v
Brian with an Eye02-Aug-2013 04:45
Beautifully captured. A pose of the monarch that is always worth seeing.
Ceya01-Aug-2013 15:42
A wonderful shot of the monarch butterfly! Lovely colours, pose and composition! V
Blandine Mangin01-Aug-2013 07:15
superb colors ! v
joseantonio01-Aug-2013 04:13
I love the beautiful colors in these monarchs.V
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