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Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly
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Copyright: Aires santos (AiresSantos) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 28] (92)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D40X, AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insetos - Insects [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-23 23:30
Viewed: 3973
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a well-known North American butterfly. Since the 19th century, it is also found in New Zealand, and in Australia where it is also known as the Wanderer Butterfly.

In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands (except Lanzarote) and Madeira, and is found as a migrant in the Azores, Portugal and Spain. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.5–12.5 cm (3.34 in–4.92in). The females have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot in the center of each hindwing from which pheromones are released.

Monarchs are especially noted for their lengthy annual migration. They make massive southward migrations from August through until the first frost. A northward migration takes place in the spring. Female Monarchs deposit eggs for the next generation during these migrations. The population east of the Rocky Mountains sanctuaries in the area of Angangueo, Michoacán, El Rosario, Mexico, and the western population overwinters in various sites in central coastal California, United States, notably in Pacific Grove and Santa Cruz. The length of these journeys exceeds the normal lifespan of most Monarchs, which is less than two months for butterflies born in early summer. The last generation of the summer enters into a non-reproductive phase known as diapause and may live up to 7 months. During diapause, butterflies fly to one of many overwintering sites. The generation that overwinters generally does not reproduce until it leaves the overwintering site sometime in February and March. It is thought that the overwinter population may reach as far north as Texas and Oklahoma during the spring migration. It is the second, third and fourth generations that return to their northern locations in the United States and Canada in the spring. How the species manages to return to the same overwintering spots over a gap of several generations is still a subject of research; the flight patterns appear to be inherited, based on a combination of circadian rhythm and the position of the sun in the sky. From Wikipedia

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Ola Aires,
Captured well on the Monarch with good exposure and focus!
the image is sharp with good colour and superb details
well done and thanks for the notes as well
best regards

Splendida macro di questa bellissima farfalla, ottima la composizione decentrata con i fiori che completano la scena, buona nitidezza, molto belli i colori e BG scuro. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

This is a GREAT GREAT image of a "Monarch".
Am going to share this with you. It is the long migration of a Monarch.
Am very happy I've met you.
Aires Mario da Cruz = oscarromulus, the name of my "talking" parrot.

Hello Aires,

This is a fine piece of macro work, the butterfly is captured with sharp details and the colours are well reproduced!
DoF spot on isolates the subject from the background, and the composition is effective in making the butterfly look its best...

Pablo -

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