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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly
The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly. It may be the most familiar North American butterfly. The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its southward late summer/autumn migration from the United States and southern Canada to Mexico, covering thousands of miles. The western North American population of monarchs west of the Rocky Mountains most often migrate to sites in California but have been found in overwintering Mexico sites. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia. It is resident in the Caribbean, Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, Portugal, Spain and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe and a rare migrant in the United Kingdom. In North America, the monarch ranges from southern Canada to northern South America. It rarely strays to western Europe (rarely as far as Greece) from being transported by US ships or by flying there if weather and wind conditions are right. It has also been found in Bermuda, Cook Islands, Hawaii, the Solomons, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Australia, New Guinea, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, the Azores, and the Canary Islands. The eastern population migrates hundreds to thousands of miles to overwintering sites in Mexico. Southward migrations start in August and end at the first frost. There is a northward migration in the spring. The eastern population migrates both north and south on an annual basis. But no individual makes the entire round trip. Female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during these migrations. Monarch butterflies can and have crossed the Atlantic. They are becoming more common in Bermuda and Spain, due to increased use of milkweed as an ornamental plant. Monarch butterflies in Bermuda and Spain do not migrate. Butterflies sometimes appear in Great Britain. In Australia, monarchs make limited migrations in cooler areas. On the islands of Hawaii, no migrations have been noted. Near Threatened species. Cropped only; otherwise untouched.

yokopakumayoko Francesco, Day Dreamer, cammino, Marie Tissier and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
Very nice indeed Kris.
19 months ago.
Peter Castell
Peter Castell
Wonderful details and focus Kris I never seen one I would imagine it would be the south coast where they have been seen. The Stained Glass Window Butterfly would be an accurate description !!
19 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Beautiful...........nicely captured.
19 months ago.
Maria W.
Maria W.
Wooow!!! Belega papilio!!! Super foto!!! :)))
19 months ago.
Luscinia
Luscinia
Wunderbar, Dein Foto vom Monarchfalter

Luscinia
18 months ago.
cammino
cammino
Great!
18 months ago.
Richard Gawthorpe
Richard Gawthorpe
superb macro and imfo
Your wonderful image has been seen and admired in Pictorials
18 months ago.