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Monarch in Luxembourg?


Monarch in Luxembourg?
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Copyright: Anna Hamera (Amerek2) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 38] (187)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DiII
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-05 10:13
Viewed: 3702
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Of course Monarch butterflies don't live in the natural environment of Luxembourg. However, there is one place where you can find this and many other equally or more interesting species. It is the Jardin des Papillons in Grevenmacher (http://www.papillons.lu/). As for the habitat of this species it's mainly North America, New Zealand and Australia. In Europe they can be found as migrants in the Azores, Portugal and Spain. Monarch butterflies are one of the few insects capable of making transatlantic crossings. They are becoming more common in Bermuda due to increased usage of milkweed as an ornamental plant in flower gardens. Monarch butterflies born in Bermuda remain year round due to the island's mild climate.
A few Monarchs turn up in the far southwest of Great Britain in years when the wind conditions are right, and have been sighted as far east as Long Bennington. Monarchs are foul-tasting and poisonous due to the presence of cardenolide aglycones in their bodies, which the caterpillars ingest as they feed on milkweed. Both forms advertise their unpalatability with bright colors and areas of high contrast on the skin or wings. This phenomenon is known as aposematism.

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Dear Anna, Beautiful, nice composition. Very good details well captured. Nicely done background. TFS. with best regards.vab.

Hi Anna,

great image, wonderful colors and sharpness

TFS

Gio

Hi Anna,
Good capture of this monarch. Very good compositon and good colors.

We do have non migrant monarchs in Costa Rica. They have become lazy and just travels from the Pacific to the Caribbean.

Regards,

Iris

Precioso conjunto y gran belleza de la planta y la mariposa.

Saludos Anna.

Anna,

Wonderful image anna,
the impact of the colors is great.
TFS

fototab

Czesc! Motyl i kwiat, kwiat i motyl, udana kompozycja kolorystyczna. Pozdrawiam!

Hi Anna,
Wonderful composition!
Excellent colors and sharpness.
Pleasant natural luminosity.
The Monarch Butterfly is really very pretty.
Congratulations!
Friendly,
Josť Roberto

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