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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies & Moths, Monarchs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-23 17:33
Viewed: 3220
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monarch Butterfly
Danaus plexippus

Click here to see a caterpillar, a chrysalid, and a cluster .

The Monarch butterfly is known by scientists as Danaus plexippus, which in Greek literally means "sleepy transformation." The name, which evokes the species' ability to hibernate and metamorphize, is actually inspired by the Greek myth of Danaus, in which the daughters of Danaus, king of Libya, flee Libya for Greece in order to avoid marrying their cousins. The long, migratory journey of the Monarch butterflies is reminiscent of the daughters' flight.
Adult Monarchs possess two pair of brilliant orange-reddish wings, featuring black veins and white spots along the edges. Their wingspan is about four inches, and they weigh less than half an ounce. Males, who possess distinguishing black dot (stigmata) along the veins of their wings, are slightly bigger than the females.

Each adult butterfly lives only about four to five weeks. But one of the many wonders of the Monarchs is the annual creation of a unique "Methuselah generation." As autumn approaches in their sites of migratory origin, a very special generation of butterflies is born. Unlike their parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents -- all of whom had ephemeral lives measured only in weeks -- these migratory butterflies survive seven or eight months. In human terms, given our average life span of 75 years, this would be like having children who lived to be 525 years old!

This generation performs the incredible feat of flying from Canada and the United States to the center of Mexico -- after which they begin the northward journey again. Once they reach the United States, a kind of relay race begins: their short-lived offspring, with only four or five weeks to live, continue making the trek northward over several generations.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-23 18:08]

And they are back flying in NZ now too ManYee. I have bought six small Swan Plants and I can't allow too many caterpillars on them as there won't be enough leaves for them all.
Very good shot of the butterfly - excellent sharpness and we can see all its details so well.
Well done

I am so happy to see you back!!!! A wonderful and grand re-introduction in your special way. And your words...always a story plus the information...you are good both at HTML and photography and writing..What other talents do you have?

Hello Manyee
Very good macro of the monarch. The flash may be slightly hot, but the details are excellent. Your note is informative as always - I learned a lot from it, even though I have posted several monarch shots with notes. Thanks for sharing this.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-24 7:29]

Hi Manyee,
Beautiful portrait of this monarch butterfly.DOF,details and POV are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-11-24 7:39]

Hello Manyee,
Very good work ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-24 9:23]

Manyee, Very nice closeup shot of this butterfly. Interesting shot with great sharpness. Ganesh

_Ciao Manyee, splendid butterfly with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-24 14:20]

Hi Manyee,
a fine capture of this Monarch butterfly.
Excellent detail and sharpness.
Nice composition.
Great colours.

Well done,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-24 22:28]

Hi Manyee,
Wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful Monarch butterfly with immaculate sharpness and lovely colours. The spotlight effect on its eyes is so creative well handled. I like the natural setting and its classical pose. Very nicely composed.

It's a great closeup POV & comp ManYee, sharp detail where it counts.
Difficult light & shadow mix to expose, but you've managed it well.
Good BG separation also :)
Well done & Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-25 6:21]

Hello Manyee,
Welcome back!
A fine close-up of a Monarch showing the head, thorax and base of the wings in fine detail against a natural OOF contrasting BG.
These are wonderful butterflies that a joy to see in real life but failing that photo such as this is a compensation!

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