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…