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Monarch Dreams

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.

The Monarch Butterfly is one of most mysterious of butterflies…..

This is a male Monarch it has two scent glands on each lower wing…….

Monarchs migrate vast distances…..

They are a beautiful sight …….

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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    • # Huiching

      Wow. You seemed to be able to order them to stay where you wnt them to!!! Love the last one.

      2010.09.19 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brenda Nelson

      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!

      2010.09.14 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sara G

      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!

      2010.09.14 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      so you ended really photographing the monarch butterfly! I really love it! looks so cute!:)

      2010.09.14 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Larry Nelson

      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!

      2010.09.14 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Stefan Fletcher

      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.

      2010.09.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Yokai

      Surprised to see these beautiful butterflies. I've never seen them before in Japan.

      2010.09.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Saku

      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.

      2010.09.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Nancy

      Fascinating.....they are attracted to your dream catcher!! Amazing captures, post and flight especially the first my favorite:))

      2010.09.13 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # 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!

      2010.09.12 Edited Reply Cancel

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