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Monarch Dreams

2010.09.12
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The Monarch Butterfly is one of most mysterious of butterflies.....
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This is a male Monarch it has two scent glands on each lower wing.......
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Monarchs migrate vast distances.....
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They are a beautiful sight .......
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Hundreds of Monarchs came to visit doing their aerial acrobats drinking the nectar from the goldenrods then landing in the pine trees to rest.......
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The Monarch Butterfly is the king of the insect world. Even though they are small creatures, they do phenomenal things. First, they develop from tiny eggs, to a caterpillar, become a chrysalis, and finally transform into a beautiful butterfly. They migrate, traveling great distances to over winter in a temperate climate. Amazingly enough, not one butterfly makes the entire round-trip journey. Winter butterflies are sluggish and do not reproduce. In spring they return to summer homes and breed along the way. Their offspring return to the starting point.
The Monarch is a poisonous butterfly. Animals that eat a Monarch get very sick and vomit (but generally do not die). These animals remember that this brightly-colored butterfly made them very sick and will avoid all Monarchs in the future. The Monarch gets its poison from eating the poisonous milkweed plant while in its caterpillar stage.



38 Comments
gonia very interesting story, I see never ending my learning english!your pictures are so pretty, but the story about them is even more interesting.super done!
gonia · 2010-09-12: 15:03
Goldbrandi Beautiful set! :))
Goldbrandi · 2010-09-12: 15:30
finbarr Brilliant post awesome shots !
finbarr · 2010-09-12: 17:06
Jarvo Stunning images - so original. I saved #1 as a favourite.
Jarvo · 2010-09-12: 19:10
nssco50 Fascinating.....they are attracted to your dream catcher!! Amazing captures, post and flight especially the first my favorite:))
nssco50 · 2010-09-13: 00:50
????? Terrific post and amazing shots!!
????? · 2010-09-13: 06:37
RayNvb Excellent shots and great post!! Fascinating.
RayNvb · 2010-09-13: 08:19
skskz Very very beautiful set!!!!! my fav is #3:))))) ...and the fact that they are poisonous took me by surprise..!!!!! Thank you for sharing captures and information.
skskz · 2010-09-13: 08:33
Yokai Surprised to see these beautiful butterflies. I've never seen them before in Japan.
Yokai · 2010-09-13: 09:15
revenant This is beautiful, but your text reminds me of one of the weaknesses of Darwinian theory - however Darwinian I may be: if it takes just one forgetful predator, what's the point of being poisonous...

I did so enjoy these beautiful images. Thank you.
revenant · 2010-09-13: 16:11
revenant I also promise never to eat a Monarch butterfly. Ever.
revenant · 2010-09-13: 16:12
davidcardona splEndId! Thanks for sharing!
davidcardona · 2010-09-13: 17:04
????? WOW these are great . the Monarch will soon be coming to Calif . went to see them last year . we had over 10,000 that year . Down from 15,000 the year before .
????? · 2010-09-13: 18:45
Gripe An excellent research work about an amazing animal!!!
Fantastic set !
Gripe · 2010-09-13: 19:39
lgnelson There's a place called 'Butterfly Palace" in Branson, Missouri, that has hundreds of live butterflies. A large poster there talks about the migration of the Monarch butterflies - it takes 7 generations to complete the migration. So if you bust out of your cocoon, how do you know whether you're going North or South?
God does some amazing stuff!
lgnelson · 2010-09-13: 22:41
onlyricky so you ended really photographing the monarch butterfly! I really love it! looks so cute!:)
onlyricky · 2010-09-14: 12:52
catdad Great shots and info !! Thanks for sharing !! cd
catdad · 2010-09-14: 15:35
NellyBly Well we both posted Monarchs! Beautiful shots..and thanks so much for the information, I did not know they are poisonous...This one was so ragged he had been through some rough times!
NellyBly · 2010-09-14: 16:00
djnana Larry and I are fascinated with these beauties! We've seen IMAX films about them and there are as many as several million in one place and they literally coat the plants and ground! What a gorgeous sight! TFS this great information with your great images!
djnana · 2010-09-14: 18:41
juditrlydersen wonderful! the light in #4 is great :)
juditrlydersen · 2010-09-15: 07:36
storytaylor fantastic shots.
storytaylor · 2010-09-15: 08:11
????? v nice!
????? · 2010-09-15: 10:35
vterezia EXCELLENT shots!!!
vterezia · 2010-09-16: 02:37
urmysunshine Wow, Fabulous
urmysunshine · 2010-09-17: 12:22
????? Beautiful captures!
????? · 2010-09-17: 15:47
redro They look gorgeous with the dream catcher!
Very interesting facts.
redro · 2010-09-17: 18:07
huiching Wow. You seemed to be able to order them to stay where you wnt them to!!! Love the last one.
huiching · 2010-09-19: 05:30
justgood How beautiful! Enjoy the pics especially because we don`t have Monarchs here.
justgood · 2010-09-19: 12:42
dreamie I wish these butterflies were in Europe... But they're not so lucky me that I have your photoblog! :)
dreamie · 2010-09-20: 11:15
Contesina Wonderful photos! I like most #2!
Contesina · 2010-09-25: 05:12
????? So interesting! I like #1 best. I saw a film about monarchs in Sony Wonders.
????? · 2010-09-27: 12:28
vterezia ~~~~~~~~~~GREAT!!!~~~~~~~~~~~
vterezia · 2010-10-03: 19:28
????? such interesting creatures, so brilliently photographed..
????? · 2010-10-18: 16:23
pickledherring Thanks for the info and i like the first image.
pickledherring · 2010-10-20: 04:11
breizh Wonderful ! ... Voted ... :)
breizh · 2012-02-25: 03:25
taifallos Very Beautiful! I love the symbolism with the dream catcher! Well done! :)
taifallos · 2014-01-02: 13:32
HoneyBee2 Nicely done! Good photography!
HoneyBee2 · 2014-01-02: 20:10
YunaPhotos Nice set! I love it! =)
YunaPhotos · 2014-01-07: 11:20
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