Swamp Milkweed & Monarch Butterfly Caterpiller  by Gene Walls
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A monarch butterfly caterpillar is munching away on the fresh new buds on a swamp milkweed wildflower (Asclepias incarnata L). This shot was captured near the southern shore of Rose Valley Lake in north central Pennsylvania.

The swamp milkweed can be found throughout central and eastern regions of North America. It grows very well in wet soil, near streams, ponds, lakes and swampy areas. This plant is also called Rose Milkweed, White Indian Hemp (no, not that kind of “hemp”) or Swamp Silkweed.

Blooming begins in late July or early August and the flowers can last until late fall. The buds are edible and fragrant. Many parts of the plant have been used for medicinal purposes. The plant can grow to be quite tall, to about five feet. It attracts many species of spiders, insects, including the monarch butterfly (and its caterpillars, as you can see in the picture). Muskrats especially enjoy eating the roots of this plant.

The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 10D with a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact-Macro prime lens. The shutter speed was 1/60th sec at f/8. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a remote shutter release. No flash was used.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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Featured in *Wildflowers of North America"

Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Wow, excellent capture. He has wonderful markings.

  • Thanks Joy! The monarch is abolutesty beautiful at all stages of life.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    What a lovely capture – just beautiful!!!!!

  • Thank you so much, Lorilee! I wish I had been there when he was a butterfly. LOL

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • BigD
    BigDover 5 years ago

    Excellent capture, Gene

  • Thanks a bunch, Big D!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago


    Congratulations Gene!!

  • Yahooo! Thank you very much for featuring my picture!

    Gratefully,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyover 5 years ago

    It is a beautiful image Gene, congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you very much, Sharon!

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Robert C Richmond
    Robert C Richmondover 5 years ago

    I especially like the light pattern you have here. You chose a nice angle to use the highlight on the focal point and subdue the background with the shadow pattern. Well done.

  • Thanks so much! I really appreciate your very thoughtful observations about my work.

    My best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • clizzio
    clizzioalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent shot and interesting write-up.

  • Thank you so much! I really enjoy doing the background research and writing descriptions totally “from scratch”.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Don’t forget to enter our Pretty In Pink Challenge

  • Thanks for your very friendly reminder, Lorilee!

    Kindest regards,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of our “Pretty In Pink” challenge!!

  • Thanks for this great news, Lorilee!

    Kindest wishes,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your image placed in the TOP TEN
    of our “Pretty In Pink” challenge!!

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