Imago Emerged! - Monarch Butterfly - NZ by AndreaEL
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Extraordinary Transformation Part 7

Nature provides us with a free-to-view window into the world of extraordinary transformation every day, if we will take a moment to pause and take a look.
I believe that one of the most stunning examples of transformation is the creation of a Monarch Butterfly. To even attempt to imagine what is actually taking place inside the Chrysalis can cause one’s brain to hurt.
The primary job of the adult stage is to reproduce – to mate and lay the eggs that will become the next generation.
Females begin laying eggs right after their first mating, and both sexes will mate several times during their lives. Adults in summer generations live from two to five weeks. Each year, the final generation of Monarchs, which emerges in late summer and early fall, has an additional job: to migrate to their overwintering grounds, either in central Mexico for eastern Monarchs or in California for western Monarchs. Here they survive the long winter until conditions in the United States allow them to return to reproduce. These adults can live up to eight or nine months.
Male and female Monarchs can be distinguished easily. Males have a black spot (see photo) on a vein on each hind wing that is not present on the female. These spots are made of specialized scales which produce a chemical used during courtship in many species of butterflies and moths, although such a chemical does not seem to be important in Monarch courtship. The ends of the abdomens are also different in males and females, and females often look darker than males and have wider veins on their wings.
Our Monarch is female, we have name her Joanne.
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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • Lyndy
    Lyndyover 3 years ago

    Oh my goodness! So very divine, what a BEAUTIFUL capture L:))XXX

  • Thank you so much for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeover 3 years ago

    So beautiful !!

  • Thank you so much for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thank you so much Lynn for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 3 years ago

    Glorious! Beautiful capture. This has been a wonderful series.

  • Thank you so much Bunny for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Colin for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    Andrea, MAGNIFICENT!
    Greg

  • Thank you so much Greg for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Thank you so much Joyce for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    How stunningly beautiful, Andrea! Magnificent capture, color and clarity! Excellent work, my friend!

  • Thank you so much Dot for your kind words & comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    SUPERB!!! I knew we were in for a real treat when it emerged! XXSUEXX

  • Thank you so much Sue for your kind words & comment, much appreciated. It sure is a real treat.

    – AndreaEL

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 3 years ago

    lovely Andrea!

  • Thank you so much Jenny for your kind comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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