The King of Butterflies – The Monarch

Bonnie Robert

Virginia Beach, United States

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This is my first fully opened capture of a Monarch. Mostly they are closed wing or partially open. I did zoom in more but for some reason the camera wouldn’t auto focus and then it flew away!

Photo taken at Norfolk Botanical Garden in the enclosed, outside Butterfly House in June 2009
Camera used Canon Rebel XTi
Lens Canon 75mm-300mm EF zoom

Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Papilionoidea (Butterflies (excluding skippers))
Family Nymphalidae (Brushfooted Butterflies)
Subfamily Danainae (Milkweed Butterflies)
Genus Danaus
Species plexippus (Monarch)

*Monarch butterflies are the most beautiful of all butterflies, some say, and are considered the “king” of the butterflies, hence the name “monarch”. There are lots of very cool things to learn about the monarch butterfly and if you click Monarch Butterfly Website You will find a site I discovered that is a Great source about them.

Just in case here are a few things you may not have known. Copied from Monarch Butterfly Facts
Did you know that monarch butterflies are poisonous? They won’t harm humans, but the chemicals from the milkweed plant that they eat when they are in the larvae stage builds up inside of them and gives them a poisonous defense against predators like frogs, birds, mice and lizards.

Do you know how to tell a male from a female monarch butterfly? The male monarchs have a black spot on each of the hind wings over a vein. The female monarch butterfly does not have this spot. Many people think that only the male monarch butterfly is beautiful, but that is simply not true. Every monarch butterfly is beautiful.

So I would have to say this is a Male Monarch as I can see what looks like a black dot in the middle of a vein on his lower wings

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