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Giant Monarch by BarbL

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For some reason this HUGE Monarch butterfly has decided that the butterfly bushes in my backyard are his stop of choice and he’s been hanging around for a couple days now. He’s really an amazing creature. This photo is about life-size!!

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.

Taken in Muskegon, Michigan.

Here is what the other side of his wings look like…

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  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websterover 4 years ago

    Brilliant light, colour and depth Barb! A wonderful image! I just love it!

  • Thank you, Robin…I’d never seen one this big…just blew me away!

    – BarbL

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 4 years ago

    Wow – these images are stunning – well captured. I envy you your visitor – only getting whites in my garden:(

  • I’ve gotten some whites too by they tend to rest in the grasses and it is hard to get a good shot. It is such a pleasure to watch her! Thank you for such a lovely comment!

    – BarbL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago

    wow… she is gorgeous… i’m sure someone is going to come along and say it’s a male… but to me… all butterflies are “shes”… the flower is gorgeous too… what a treat to see such a beautiful creature!!! EXQUISITE PHOTO!

  • It actually IS a “he”…gotta change my info. I didn’t see the black spots until now. He is really lovely though, isn’t he?!! Thank you dear friend!

    – BarbL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful, amazing close up.

  • Thanks….he was out there again today but had a “friend” with him….wish they’d have sat still long enough to catch them together but they were having way too much fun flying around!

    – BarbL

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    12 August 2010

  • Thank you for allowing this image into this amazing group!

    – BarbL

  • Corinne Noon
    Corinne Noonover 4 years ago

    Ohhh HOW nice !!!

  • Thank you so very much, Corinne…I appreciate the comment!

    – BarbL

  • Joe Elliott
    Joe Elliottover 4 years ago

    Simply gorgeous !!!

  • Thank you so much, Joe!

    – BarbL

    WINTERROSEover 4 years ago


  • Thank you!

    – BarbL

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