Monarch Butterfly - Danaus plexippus by Lepidoptera
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Monarch Butterfly – Danaus plexippus

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.
Source: Wikipedia

My greatest passion in photography is to capture the wonderful Butterfly. I hope you will enjoy my photos of Butterflies as much I do to watch them and to catch their beauty with my photographs. My camera is a Canon EOS 350D with a Canon Close-Up lens 250D. Thank you so much for your visit, the kind comments, the great support and the Love for Butterflies!
Butterfly Kisses, Johanna

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  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 4 years ago

    Always one of my favorites. You captured it so beautiful.

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 4 years ago

    really beautiful work…. :)

  • Lepidoptera
    Lepidopteraabout 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the kind support!

  • Esperanza Gallego
    Esperanza Gallegoalmost 4 years ago

  • Ega, thank you for the challenge and all who voted!
    Johanna

    – Lepidoptera

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