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What do monarch butterflies eat?

What do monarch butterflies eat?
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-23 3:43
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Points: 22
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I know there is some noise in the background, but I didn't want to compromise the shot by applying any noise removal software. Thanks for looking.

About Monarch Food

Q. What do monarch butterflies eat?
A. Adult butterflies eat nectar and water. Sometimes liquid from fruits. Larvae eat only milkweed.

Q. How do monarchs eat?
A. Adult monarch butterflies sip nectar from flowering plants using a sucking tube, that resembles a soda straw, and is called a proboscis. You can see it coiled under its head when not in use.

Q: Where does the Monarch Butterfly fit in the food web is it is considered poisonous by its predators due to the fact that it eats milkweed?
A. Good question! You must be taking an ecology class, or have an excellent science teacher! It turns out that most biologists have studied the predators of adult monarchs, and not the larvae. Many insects, spiders, and other invertebrates eat the larvae, so monarchs are like other herbivores; they eat plants, and are in turn eaten by predators.

Q. Do the males look for food more than the females?
A. I don't think so, but I've never studied this nor read about anyone else's study of this question.

The above obtained from http://www.learner.org/jnorth/search/MonarchNotes3.html#1


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 11:38 a.m.
Date: 22nd April 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam, we are neighbours in the preview today with our butterflies. I like yours so much, the arrangement is lovely hanging on this beautiful flower. Also wonderful colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • samos Gold Star Critiquer [C: 79 W: 4 N: 2] (39)
  • [2006-04-23 4:01]

Hello Pam very beautiful capture colours and sharpenss are so wonterful very excellent work my friend Pam thanks regards Stavros

Well timed Capture Pam,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV, notes and framing.

Thanks for posting, Have a great week.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-23 4:52]

Hello Pam!
Excellent butterfly macro.Sharpness and focus couldn't be better.Exposure is spot on.Vivid colors,framing,POV,composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-23 6:08]

Hi Pam
WOWWWW! This shot is absolutely gorgeous.POV, BG, sharpness, composition, colurs.....PERFECT.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-23 10:40]

Hi Pam
Nice composition.
Great colours, sharpnes details, BG and POV.
Well done


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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-04-23 14:57]

Hello Pam , A Very great photo from this butterfly , fantastic colours compositie sharp pov the bg and the framing ,very good ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-04-24 1:25]

Hi Pam,
An unusual POV of the butterfly, very interesting.
The flower is fantastic too.
Super sharp details and great composition.
TFS. : )

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-25 5:56]

Very interesting and unsual POV Pam!
Very good on details!
A very good side view!
Very good DOF!
5* and TFS!

Hi Pam,
Really like this different and unique POV.
I like it! Sorry this is short, Duty calls.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-04-25 16:44]

... even if I know...

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