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Monarch for study

Monarch for study
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 14-45 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies on Lantana Flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-08 7:19
Viewed: 3233
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
According to Wiki, monarch derives from Greek monos archein, meaning "one ruler." It's interesting how or 'monarch.' The monarch gets it name from the green jade crown it's chrysalis wears.

Male or Female
Ok, so how do you distinguish sexes in these orange darlings? The little black spots. Look closely at the hind wing. Notice the two black spots. These are scent scales and are found on the male monarch.

The wings of these butterflies are covered in scales. As a matter of fact, the name of the order lepidoptera actually refers to the scales. On my photo, you can see where this little fellow lost some of the scales.

From the San Diego Zoo website: "Do you know what butterfly wings are made of? They're actually pretty complex. The main structure of the wing is made of thin layers of chitin, a protein that also makes up the outer "shell" of the body. These layers are so thin you can see through them. They are covered with thousands of tiny modified hairs called scales, which create the colors and patterns we see. These scales are the "dust" that comes off a butterfly wing if you touch it. The wings also contain a system of veins that circulate blood, and strong muscles on the butterfly's body move the wings up and down."

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Beautiful contrasting colors of the Lantana Camara behind the Monarch. It is good that you didn't crop the lower blooms out of the picture. Very interesting note. TFS

Hello Angelina.

Excellent picture, very good details and colors.
Great composition.

Jose Luis.

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-08 11:03]

Hey Angelina
Looks like we have started thinking alike that we both got Monarch family members on Lantana Rose today!!!!
nice details of the wings, especially catch.The notes 're really good, and the black spot identification bit is really helpful and gels very well with ur presentation.
Great job.well done:)
TFS & Cheers

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-05-08 11:17]

Hello Angelina,
Nice capture of the Monarch on a pleasing lantana BG. Fine wing positioning allowing this sharp shot to show the male scent spots.
Good Compo. and excellent note.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-05-08 20:16]

Exelente foto uma encantadora borboleta com cores maravilhosasmeus parabéns por esta imagem.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-05-09 14:33]

Hi Angelina,
Nice photo. I find it difficult to get this one with wings open. Excellent composition and exposure. Outstanding POV. Very informative note.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-02 19:19]

Hi Angelina,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will return with a proper critique later. Sorry, work pressure.

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