Thursday, July 22, 2010

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
(Danaus plexippus)

(click image to enlarge)

Did you Know:

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3½–4 in). (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.

Did you know research from Wiki. Photographed by Craig Glenn in my front yard on Lantana.

Thanks for stopping by,

Craig Glenn


KaHolly said...

She's a beauty, Craig! I had a Monarch come visit me the other day and took several photos. I must go back and see if I can tell if it is a male or a female now that I've read your very informative post. Thanks! ~karen

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How beautiful Craig and quite different to our Monarch.

Elaine said...

Beautiful photo of the Monarch. I watched a show on them once, and their migration is really remarkable. It would be an amazing sight to see them when they return to their hibernation sight in Mexico.

The Early Birder said...

A super flutter Craig. I remember seeing masses during a trip to Cape May in the fall many years ago...a sight never to be forgotten. FAB

Alan said...

Great photo! Thanks for the info on monarchs.

Friend of HK said...

The Monarch Butterfly is commonly seen in Hong Kong too, where I live. I love your blog and the interesting information on the wildlife in your region. Thanks for sharing.