Monarch In The Making …

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Teresa capture this photograph of a monarch caterpillar while we were hiking this week. The caterpillar eats the milkweed, but the butterfly doesn’t. Here is the inside story on this amazing bond:

”You see, the latex-based sap produced by milkweed plants contains toxic compounds called cardenolides. Most other insects, save for a handful of species, can’t digest these toxins; it kills them or they avoid it all together due to its foul taste. But monarch caterpillars actually absorb these toxins as they feed on milkweed leaves, rendering the caterpillars themselves toxic to potential predators. The toxins found in the monarch butterfly host plant actually help protect the caterpillars and adult butterflies from birds and other predators.” (Source: The monarch butterfly host plant: Milkweeds ...)

And now you know ...

We hiked this week .. here is our latest video .. enjoy.

~ Rick


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Natures Imposter?

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This is not what you think. At first glance, you may think it is a Monarch. Well, it’s not. This is a Viceroy). What is the difference?

There are a few noticeable differences, but the big one is the ‘lines’ in the wings. The Viceroy has a line that runs perpendicular to the rest of the lines in the wing. (see the photo to the right.)

The Viceroy Buttefly

The Viceroy Buttefly

The Monarch Butterful

The Monarch Butterful

This is a photo of a Monarch that I took a couple days ago. Noice the difference? There are some other interesting differences.

  • The Viceroy is usually smaller. They are still a larger butterfly, but just not as large as the Monarch.

  • The Viceroy tends to fly more direct and faster. You have to watch them to understand this, but its true.

There are other differences, but I’m not going to discuss them in this blog post. The fact is, they are beautiful creatures .. both of them. Just enjoy their beauty.


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Please, Don’t Move

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We saw several monarch butterflies this last 2 or 3 weeks, but have not been able to caputre many photos of them. This one was an exception. She was on this flower for a long time, which allowed me to caputure several photos. This was the best shot. ~ Rick


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Finally .. A Monarch butterfly

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I am now starting to see Monarch Butterflies. I have only see a couple so far this year. I have blogged about their story before .. they as just amazing creatures and so beautiful. 

~ Rick


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The Monarch migration

Monarch butterfly or simply  monarch  (Danaus plexippus) 

Monarch butterfly or simply monarch (Danaus plexippus) 

The fall season has arrived, and with it comes the annual southward late-summer, autumn migration of the Monarch butterfly.

Teresa and I took a walk near the pond at the Stillwater Prairie Reserve. I took several photos like the one above, but this was my favorite. This is a female, but I saw at least one male. The difference is easily detectable by the coloring. The male has a brighter orange color, and the black is not as pronounced. 

Teresa captured several great photos as well .. this is one of her photos:  

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Have a great week!  


 

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