Monarch Butterfly & Chrysalis by Renee Dawson

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Featured in As Is Photography September 20, 2009.

This is an AS IS photograph of a female monarch butterfly along side the chrysalis she just emerged from. Photo taken with a Canon EOS Rebel XTi and 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on my property in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.

The Monarch is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies.

Female Monarchs (as shown here) 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 larvae and the butterflies retain poisonous glycosides from their larval host plant, the milkweed, so they become distasteful to potential predators. The monarch butterfly eats only milkweed as larvae. This highly effective defense strategy shields them against almost all predators that soon learn to avoid these species after attempting to eat them.

Monarch butterfly-female (crop detail):

Monarch Chrysalis (detail):

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I love nature, animals & art. I offer on-location, and in studio, family & pet photography sessions in the Bay of Quinte area & commission digital paintings of people & pets worldwide.

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  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 5 years ago

    Renee, what an amazing once only photo………..

  • Thank you very much Di. I sat down and watched her until her wings were finally dry enough to carry her off into the sky :) She was so beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    – Renee Dawson

  • LavenderMoon
    LavenderMoonalmost 5 years ago

    What a treat, Renee… for you and for us… thank you!

  • Thank you very much. It definitely was a treat :)

    – Renee Dawson

  • Lynda   McDonald
    Lynda McDonaldalmost 5 years ago

    nature at it’s best, but couldn’t wait 1 day for me huh !
    gorgeous and acceptional…………..we don’t usually get to see both stages

  • Thanks Mom and sorry!…lol I told you the chrysalis was awfully dark today and she was going to come out anytime now. Just too bad she couldn’t wait until your visit tomorrow :(

    – Renee Dawson

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 5 years ago

    Oh wow! Brilliant work Renee, superb capture! :O)

  • Thank you very much Vanessa! I was almost sad when she flew away. I was so enjoying watching her come to life and build her strength :)

    – Renee Dawson

  • Mike Finley
    Mike Finleyalmost 5 years ago


  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    What a wonderful find – - – BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

  • Thank you very much Lori!

    – Renee Dawson

  • Mike Finley
    Mike Finleyalmost 5 years ago

    twittered it, and it was immediately retweeted by a follower with 3000+ followers! Hopefully you’ll get a few people coming to look!

  • Wow…what a wonderful compliment Mike. Thank you so very much!

    – Renee Dawson

  • JohnMWright
    JohnMWrightalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful! Rare! Amazing colors and perfect focus.

  • Thank you very much John. I was doing my darndest to work all 9 focal points on my camera. Wish I had even more some days…lol

    – Renee Dawson

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökalmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant work, dear Renee!

  • Thank you very much Béla!

    – Renee Dawson

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonalmost 5 years ago

    Superb work :)

  • Thank you very much :)

    – Renee Dawson

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