Monarch on a Mexican Sunflower by Larry Trupp

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Captured in the Assiniboine Park English Gardens in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55-250mm Zoom Lens, Aperture exp 5.6, Shutter speed 1/80, ISO 400

A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Jo Nijenhuis
    Jo Nijenhuisabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful butterfly Larry, the colors are so wonderful! Great job!
    Warm Greetings, Jokus ;)

  • Hi Jokus
    So nice to hear from you
    Thanks ever so much for your kind comments, and the fave BTW

    – Larry Trupp

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 4 years ago


  • Thanks Lori
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • gdanen
    gdanenabout 4 years ago

    Love the orange and green combination, Larry!

  • Thanks gary
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Viki B
    Viki Babout 4 years ago

    Really gorgeous, Larry, love it

  • Thanks Viki
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. A real beauty!

  • Thanks Joycelone
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyabout 4 years ago

    What beautiful colours, Larry. Wonderful capture – crystal clear!

  • Thanks very much Mike
    Much appreciated friend
    And the fave BTW!!!

    – Larry Trupp

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 4 years ago

    Great capture Larry.

  • Thanks Gary
    Much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • icesrun
    icesrunabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and the colors are fantastic!!

  • Thanks very much
    Much appreciated friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 4 years ago

    Perfect shot – lovely shine through those beautiful delicate little wings !

    Glitter, Sparkle & Shine

  • My pleasure Morag

    – Larry Trupp

  • Raider6569
    Raider6569about 4 years ago

    Larry you have revealed a moment in time that is beautiful and unique. Keep them coming.

  • Thanks very much dave
    Much appreciated friend

    – Larry Trupp

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