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Monarch of the sky

Monarch of the sky
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths, My personal butterflies, Lantana Flowers and their visitors [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-08-03 8:15
Viewed: 7040
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Monarch butterflies (in this case Danaus plexippus erippus) are reddish-orange with black vein-like markings. There is a black border around their wings with white spots on it. Their wings look like stained glass windows! When their wings are open, they are about four inches wide.

The monarch butterfly can be found all over the world, but it is most common in North, Central, and South America.

In the spring and summer, the monarch butterfly's habitat is open fields with
milkweed. Their winter habitat is in areas with lots of tree cover.

Monarch butterfly larva feed on milkweed. Adults gather nectar from flowers. Eating milkweed causes the butterflies to store alkaloid. This makes them taste horrible to predators!

Monarch butterflies mate in the spring in their winter territory. The male courts the
female in the air, tackles her and breeds with her on the ground. As the monarchs
migrate to their summer territory, the female lays her eggs on milkweed plants. The eggs take 3-15 days to hatch into larvae. The larvae feed on the milkweed for about two weeks. At the end of the two weeks, they attach themselves to a twig, shed their outer skin and change into a chrysalis. This happens in just a few hours! In two weeks, a full-grown monarch emerges!

The monarch butterfly is a long-distance migrator! They migrate to their breeding
grounds in the spring and to their winter homes in the fall. In North America, there are two large population groups that follow separate migration paths. Eastern populations of monarch butterflies winter in Texas, Florida and Mexico. Western populations of monarchs winter along the coast of California. Monarch butterflies
migrating from Canada to Mexico travel over 1000 miles!

PDP, ellis49, carper, Hanssie, Callie, Porteplume, nwoehnl, japie, gerhardt, AndyB, milloup, TAZ, Midi, Junim, Luc, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Midi: Thanks...RAP 1 08-05 09:24
To Hanssie: Thank you...RAP 2 08-03 14:01
To carper: Nope....RAP 2 08-03 11:19
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-03 8:27]

Ricardo, you've got it! This is very nice indeed, lots of detail, strong colours, excellent composition and informative notes.

Well done and thanks for sharing this.

It's a beauty.
Very good details , nice colours, good composition and a very good note.
Very well done

Very nice one Ricardo,
Can you tell me where you have take this one? Have you used a flash?
I have never seen the monarch butterfly in real. But I hope I get the chance to fotograph it some times, ever. The composition is ofcourse a simple, but efective one. So you can come very close at the butterfly. I don't know what, but I see something an the colours. I let you know if I know what it is. But with the note you really did a good job

Vraiment superbe cette prise de ce papillon Monarch.
Les couleurs sont sublimes et la netteté parfaite.

Spectacular sharpness (if you can take it from the screen..) and wonderful colours, Ricardo, this is a fine exmplar, you've captured !

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-03 13:59]

Rich burnished orange color to the green BG, it makes the B’fly jump out of the screen. Well done. As for the hoopoe, I will post the full bird. I just had to post the crest open first, because all the others have the crest closed.

The bright colours are stunning and I especially like the way the butterfly diagonally "fills" the image. Excellent framing & depth too...

It's like Callie put it - the smashing colors and the way the orange tones of the butterfly contrast with the green setting literally seem to let the butterfly jump onto my desk. Great brightness and details, and wonderful tight cropping around the diagonally placed monarch. Great shot, Ricardo.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-03 16:26]

Excellent DOF and detail and the image is well supported by the note. Well taken

Very nice shot. Bright colours of a nice specimen. Detailed note too. Thanx for sharing.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-03 17:07]

A very,very nice capture.
Excellent detail,colour and composition.
A very nice contrast with the colourful butterfly and the greens of the background,giving an almost 3D effect.
Excellent work,very well done.

Beautifully sharp and clean capture with even the antennae within DOF range. The angle of light even makes the veins on the wings stand out. Nice one ;-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-08-04 0:16]

Great macro. Excellent detail,colour and composition.

Butterflies day. Each page open shows us a new butterfly.
This one is perfect,well done. Nice colors.

Hi Ric.. Wow ..cool...What else can i say ...excellent macro.. never know the butterfly can be so pretty colour.DOF is very good( i have just learn what is DOF :)i cannot get that kind of colour with my digital nikon coolpix 990.. or with my nikon SLR F70D..i will not blame the camera..it must be me.I am learning each day just by looking at the picture here in TE and TN

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  • sito (68)
  • [2004-08-16 2:35]

Hi Ricardo, Great shot and useful notes! Cheers!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-19 16:13]

Ricardo, cores brilhantes para retratar uma brilhante criatura. Excelente nitidez e profundidade de campo.


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  • Junim Gold Star Critiquer [C: 66 W: 0 N: 1] (6)
  • [2005-03-02 18:23]

Great colors and composition.
Nice detail and capture.
Well done.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2006-02-17 22:38]

All I wish is an answer ou un "signe de vie" from you...

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-01 1:26]

Hi Ricardo.
Early but wonderful work. You have pictured a very nice specimen at fine pose. I like the composition of the shot, perfect DOF and nice blurred BG, also outstanding reproduction of all details of the butterfly. My best wishes and TFS.

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