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Monarch Butterfly - 25 Minutes Old

Monarch Butterfly - 25 Minutes Old
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/22, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-15 22:55
Viewed: 3883
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Monarch Butterfly is only 25 Minutes Old.

Check out my last posting of the butterfly after it emerged from the chrysalis.

This is a link to my first photo of the newly hatched butterfly

Isn't it amazing how large the butterfly is and to think that only 30 minutes ago it was inside that empty shell of the chrysalis that it is clinging onto now. . .

I has set the camera and tripod up in the spare bedroom and I kept taking photos of it as it got stronger and stronger.

This is a TL WORKSHOP photo of where I took these photos

Adult when the damp adult emerges from the chrysalis it pumps liquid into the wing veins to inflate them. They soon dry, but during this process, the butterfly is extremely vulnerable to predators. I made sure the cat was nowhere near.

It takes about a month for the adult to develop (from egg to pupa to adult). There is no growth during the adult stage. It can only eat liquids, which it does through its proboscis. The adults will continue the cycle by reproducing.

The Monarch is a poisonous butterfly. Animals that eat a Monarch get very sick and vomit (but generally do not die). These animals remember that this brightly-coloured butterfly made them very sick and will avoid all Monarchs in the future.

The monarch gets its poison (cardenolide glycosides) when it is a caterpillar, from eating the poisonous milkweed plant (genus Asclepias) while in its larval (caterpillar) stage.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-01-15 23:12]

Hello Janice !
Great picture of this very young butterfly. When I look at the mepty chrysalis, I wonder how he fittied in, looks so small ! :-) Anyways, it must have been wonderful to watch him emerge. Excellent sharpness and detailes, beautiful colors, and I also like the high vertical composition. The BG, completely blurred with neutral grey color, makes the butterfly stand out very nicely. Very well done !

amazingly beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-15 23:58]

Hi Janice!

You are so lucky to be able to catch this youngster! Indeed, the colours are fabulous and the fact that one still can see the chrysalis adds to the value of the picture. I also like your reflection on the fact that a couple of minutes before this picture the butterfly still was a prisoner of the chrysalis. Nature's wonders...

Kind regards


Wow Janice,

This is just amazing with the details of the newly hatched so well registered. Awesome contribution in pristine sharp details. Well observed and captured.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-16 0:58]
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Hi Jamice

Very nice photo of this Monarch emerging from its chrysalis!
It's really great that you found one and were able to set up a room for it to hatch so that you could capture it's emergence so well.
The details here are great and the vertical composition works great for this pose.
I like to see it with its wings completely stretched and fully colored :)
The only thing i might have changed is perhaps the POV - i would have tried to be more parallel with its wings in order to get a side angle...but that's a matter of taste.
Anyway, lovely work.

Bravo and TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-16 2:03]

Hello Janice,
Very fine follow-up on your previous capture! It looks as if it is still pumping up its wings here. I like your framing and details and colours are excellent.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-16 2:45]

Hi Janice!

Fantastic serie. Monarch is very young but looks like its wings are well developed. Colours are also look good and natural. I like your workshop - bedroom full of butterflies seems to be great idea :-)

Very hot today! About 0C degrees and lots of melting snow everywhere!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-16 5:08]

I like the POV here Janice.
Instead of taking the newly emerged Monarch square with the wings, you chose to view it from the front with the wings seen at an angle. The small aperture gives a great DOF with fine sharpness so that we get to see as much of this butterfly as possible in one shot.
The neutral BG of the studio is ideal too.
Well done and thanks for delighting us with it.

hello Janice
great sharpness and many colours
i like the butterfly very mutch

greeting lou

hello janice,
this is lovely, fresh beauty captured so well, i liked the pov and the composition very much, lovely colours, the almost monotonus bg offers good contrast to the colourful insect,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hi Janice,
Another nice capture of this beautiful monarch butterfly. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Another nice addition to your series "Birth of a Monarch". Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hello Janice,
Good capture of this butterfly, amazing insect. TFS
Greetings. Ferran

What a nice baby! :) This is another excellent capture of this new born. You captured good details with natural colors. I like the grey background which makes the butterfly stands out well. This is a beautiful moment to look at! Thanks,

Hi Janice,

That's a better shot of this beauty. I like the colors a bit pale. It's that possible. When I take a look to the next Monarch the colors a much better. They are rich. Anyway you give me the answer I ask in the previous shot. Well done

Thanks and TFS BOB

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