Monarch Butterfly (Female) by AnnDixon

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This was taken in Cape Cod MA,

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.


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  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


  • Kratos
    Kratosabout 4 years ago

    Such beautiful butterflies. And such a great shot!

  • jules572
    jules572about 4 years ago

    GORGEOUS!!! capture Ann, before it gets too tattered and worn from the mating process…Jules

  • relayer51
    relayer51about 4 years ago

    Superb Ann, I have been dying to capture one of these but as yet they don’t seem to want to land in our garden.

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 4 years ago

    Just an awesome capture Ann, so vivid in detailed color…inst fave BTW…Hope all is well…Hugs Larry

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What a beauty, Ann! Wonderful capture!

  • GregTS
    GregTSabout 4 years ago

    Ann, Another gorgeous photo!! You are so talented!!!
    Greg :-)

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...about 4 years ago

    Ann, this is a really gorgeous capture of this butterfly. Plus the read was so very interesting. Thank you. An instant fave. :>)) Leslie

  • triciamary
    triciamaryabout 4 years ago

    Another stunning capture! Congratulations.

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful Ann!

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