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Taken in Marana & Tucson, Az Spring/Summer of 2009 with Canon Powershot SX10IS


A smaller and duller desert counterpart of the Monarch is the queen, which is also poisonous. It does not make the heroic journey that the Monarch does, nor does it roost communally through winter in the thousands. Instead, the Queen graces desert gardens and foothills with its presence most of the year, often in large numbers. Small numbers of male queens do roost on certain plants during the evenings, converting chemicals from plants for use in mating.

In midsummer, the queen is one of the first to rouse in the early morning, sometimes being on the wing by 6a.m. The chysalids are gorgeous, a translucent, pale green with gold spots.

A smaller and duller desert counterpart of the Monarch is the queen, which is also poisonous. It does not make the heroic journey that the Monarch does, nor does it roost communally through winter in the thousands. Instead, the Queen graces desert gardens and foothills with its presence most of the year, often in large numbers. Small numbers of male queens do roost on certain plants during the evenings, converting chemicals from plants for use in mating.

In midsummer, the queen is one of the first to rouse in the early morning, sometimes being on the wing by 6a.m. The chysalids are gorgeous, a translucent, pale green with gold spots.

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brushfoots, bugs, butterflies, caterpillars, educational, insects, queen, spring, kimberly chadwick, nature

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Comments

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Much appreciated Babcia, thank you!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 4 years ago

    Lovely collage

  • Thank you very much Angel for detouring and peeking into my world! I appreciate the time you took to comment!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Bonnie Robert
    Bonnie Robertover 4 years ago

    And I think they are beautiful and so is this collage!!

  • I will admit, this is my favorite as today…lol I think it looks pretty good as a framed print, Thank you Bonnie!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Very pretty collage of Butterflies! : )

  • Thank you Sandy, I think it is my fave as of yet!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 4 years ago

    Wow I didn’t know that! Is the butterfly poisonous or only the caterpillar? I read somewhere that Monarch caterpillars are poisonous because of the milkweed sap that they eat?

    You have some fantastic photos there! :)

    Gabe :)

  • My understanding is that both are, that is just my understanding…lol Thank you so very much Gabe, I appreciate your supportive words!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Lovely images and fascinating information Kimberly.

  • Thank you again my friend~☺

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 4 years ago

    Another beautiful crew!

  • It is my favorite to date…lol ~ thank you

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 4 years ago

    very beautifully composed … wonderful gorgeous shots

  • Thank you so very much for stopping by, much appreciated!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • aussiedi
    aussiediover 4 years ago

    beautiful work

  • What a great surprise to come home to! Thank you so much Aussiedi!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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