“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." Wikipedia

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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanalmost 4 years ago

    this is a stunner Michael, top marks :)

  • Thank you Jenny

    – Michael Cummings

  • foppe47
    foppe47almost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot!!!!

  • Thank you Foppe

    – Michael Cummings

  • Gail Falcon
    Gail Falconalmost 4 years ago

    So Beautiful!

  • Thank you Gail

    – Michael Cummings

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 4 years ago

    beautiful once again my friend!

  • Thank you Vi

    – Michael Cummings

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 4 years ago

    Sooooooooooooooooo soft and pretty.

  • Thank you Lee-Anne :-)))

    – Michael Cummings

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedlealmost 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Thanks Rick

    – Michael Cummings

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Lorilee

    – Michael Cummings

  • Hiroko
    Hirokoalmost 4 years ago

    Beautifully composed…

  • Thank you Hiroko

    – Michael Cummings

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!! Beautiful clarity and colours Michael. The whole scene is such a pretty one!

  • puffin
    puffinalmost 4 years ago

    wonderful shot… fabulous colors

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