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Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
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Copyright: Derek Grant (PeakXV) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-07-11 7:13
Viewed: 1872
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Not an easy find in Atlantic Canada. Found this one feeding on Black Knapweed, an invasive wildflower introduced by European settlers - many moons ago.

By many accounts, it is the 'showcase' North American butterfly. This is mostly because of it's well documented southward migration and northward return in summer from Canada to Mexico and Baja California which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.

The Monarch is one of the largest Canadian butterflies (wingspan: 93 to 105 mm). The upperside is bright orange with heavy black veins, and a wide black border containing a double row of white spots. There is a large black area near the wing tip containing several pale orange or white spots. The underside is similar except that the hindwing is much paler orange. Males have a sex patch, a wider area of black scales on a vein just below the centre of the hindwing.

The centre of the Monarch's vast range is in North America, but it occurs south to Argentina and has spread to Bermuda, the Azores, the Canary Islands, Hawaii, and even India, New Zealand, and Australia. It strays regularly to Europe, but has not become permanently established there because of lack of suitable foodplants. In Canada it occurs from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island, at times well beyond the northern limits of its foodplants, with one old record from the Northwest Territories at Fort Providence (Cary, 1907).


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Tribe: Danaini
Genus: Danaus
Kluk, 1780
Species: D. plexippus



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Ciao Derek, fantastic butterfly on lovely flower, beautiful blurry BG, wonderful colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Derek,
very nice picture of this beautifully taken Monarch butterfly with nice detail and perfect composition.
blurry BG is also enhance the beauty of the picture.
best wishes,

Hi Derek,
beautiful point of view. Many details. Excellent sharpness. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-07-11 12:16]

Hello Derek,
A macro in very beautiful colours and great sharpness. Taken from the best POV. Beautiful blurry background too.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-07-12 0:02]

Hello Derek,
Excellent photo of this beautiful Butterfly, and this Centaurea Flower (also by as there are problems with Plant species from Amerika!) useful description, TFS!

Hello Derek,
This is a superb species of butterfly. The colors and the razor sharp details are wonderful. This Monarch's butterfly species has terrific colors.
As usual a perfect image with amazing details and very good focus.

Hi Derek,

The Black Knapweed is helping to frame the butterfly. The point of view is showing the details an colors of the Monarch butterfly. The afternoon light is mking the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.


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