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MONARCH ON BUTTERFLY WEED . . .This morning in the garden before the rain came pouring down . . .again!

A lot of different butterflies have visited my small butterfly garden this summer. I am surprised by the amount when I consider the size of my butterfly garden. But they come and come again. Monarchs like this one are not strangers. They especially are fond of the butterfly weed as it is their favorite nector supply but also their host plant . The females lay their eggs on the leaves of this plant and once hatched the caterpillars eat the leaves as food. They can strip a plant in a few days. I have seen as many as 5 monarch caterpillars at one time on the plant but they apparently are getting devoured by birds or maybe a hungry lizard! Next time I vow to gather the poor little guys and put them in a safe butterfly home (large jar with butterfly weed leaves and a nice twig to climb on) and hope they pupate (form a chrysalis or cocoon) then hatch into one of these beauties!

Thanks for looking and all the votes and comments on my previous images! I am always surprised and thrilled by the responses!

God bless,
Patti

Brand:OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
Camera:Nikon Coolpix P90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:32.7mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/216sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:64
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:MONARCH ON BUTTERFLY WEED . . .
Username:PattiW PattiW
Uploaded:9 Jul 2013 - 6:59 PM
Tags:Butterflies, Monarch butterfly, Wildlife / nature
Votes:57
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Views:118
Unique Views:63

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ali63
ali63 Plus Member 3658 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 7:03 PM

A beautiful Butterfly,

Ali

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johnlw
johnlw  8 United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 7:05 PM

What a capture it's a great capture when you look at this site now the standard is generally so high
You wonder how much further it can go. But this is a top shot.SmileSmileSmileSmile
Regards John.

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DerekL
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9 Jul 2013 - 7:06 PM

Lovely colourful image of a beautiful butterfly.

Derek

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8183 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 7:07 PM

A beautiful image, Patti. Good luck with the monarch caterpillars, I succeeded with a swallowtail caterpillar, it's amazing to see what comes out of a small chrysalis Smile Carol

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Mike_Smith
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9 Jul 2013 - 7:38 PM

Cracking image with beautiful colours

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 Plus Member 51258 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England142 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 7:39 PM

A wonderful clarity, Patti, bright and colourful.

DAve

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dawnmichelle
9 Jul 2013 - 7:43 PM

beautiful !!!

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digital_boi
9 Jul 2013 - 7:50 PM

superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Graham

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richmowil
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9 Jul 2013 - 7:53 PM

Stunning Image!!

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5147 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland114 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 7:56 PM

That would be a most interesting exercise to carry out, Patti, and if you managed to save a few of these beauties so rewarding.
Ronnie.

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Norfolkboy
9 Jul 2013 - 8:21 PM

Cracking image, Patti.
Colin

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bricurtis
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9 Jul 2013 - 8:24 PM

A real beauty.
Brian.

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Maiwand
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9 Jul 2013 - 9:25 PM

Brilliant shot Patti.GrinGrin
Ron

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TonyDy
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9 Jul 2013 - 10:07 PM

Great shot, Patti.
Tony

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE Plus Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2013 - 10:08 PM

This is a beautiful image Patti - and you have a very kind nature tooSmile
Joan.

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Badgerfred
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9 Jul 2013 - 10:31 PM

This is beautiful Patti, super image,
Fred.

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ugly
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10 Jul 2013 - 6:37 AM

The colours work well..
Nice DOF..
Good timing..
Well done..

Dave

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10 Jul 2013 - 12:17 PM

gorgeous shot

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GeorgePlatis
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10 Jul 2013 - 2:34 PM

Stunning capture!
George

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chalkhillblue
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10 Jul 2013 - 8:02 PM

Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly.
David

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annettep38
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10 Jul 2013 - 10:47 PM

your efforts have been well rewarded, what a beauty!!
wonderful capture and very interesting information!

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Chinga
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24 Jul 2013 - 4:57 AM

Soooo beautiful! A joy to look at!
IB

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