Autumn Beauty! - Monarch Butterfly - Otago - NZ by AndreaEL


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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, in central Mexico for eastern Monarchs. Male and female Monarchs can be distinguished easily. Males have a black spot 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.
I was pleasantly surprised to find a hand full of Monarch butterflies in the Otago gardens even though we are approaching autumn in New Zealand. The Monarch is a great example of Autumn colours.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 April 13th 2011 Otago New Zealand
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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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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Lovely clear capture of this beautiful monarch!

  • Thank you Dot for your lovely comments & support, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Stunning shot Andrea and the info is pretty fabulous too! Both are nicely done!

  • Thank you Swaby for your lovely comments & support, very much appreciated. Pleased you enjoyed the info.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Joyce for your lovely comments & support, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 3 years ago


    Please see my journal for what this means!

  • Thanks for taking a look Byron

    – AndreaEL

  • GregTS
    GregTSover 3 years ago

    EXQUISITE my Friend!!

  • Thank you Greg for your lovely comments & support, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago


  • Thank you Shulie for your lovely comments & support, very much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 3 years ago

    They are so gorgeous aren’t they Andrea – well worth a photo.

  • They are truly beautiful Roy, I was delighted to see them flying around the gardens in Mosegiel. Thank you for your lovely comment.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Linda, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful Andrea. I have seen several Monarch coming back lately.. Brenda

  • Thank you Brenda, I thought it was a little late in the season in NZ and was delighted to see them in the gardens. I appreciate you support.

    – AndreaEL

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