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By PattiW  
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,

Tags: Butterflies Monarch butterfly Wildlife and nature

Voters: morpheus1955, ali63, johnlw and 54 more

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ali63 Plus
5 775 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 7:03PM
A beautiful Butterfly,


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johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 7:05PM
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.
DerekL Plus
12 185 24 England
9 Jul 2013 7:06PM
Lovely colourful image of a beautiful butterfly.

CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
9 Jul 2013 7:07PM
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
Mike_Smith Plus
10 440 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 7:38PM
Cracking image with beautiful colours
Jasper87 Plus
7 1.9k 150 England
9 Jul 2013 7:39PM
A wonderful clarity, Patti, bright and colourful.

dawnmichelle 10 12 United States
9 Jul 2013 7:43PM
beautiful !!!
9 Jul 2013 7:50PM

richmowil Plus
8 329 2 England
9 Jul 2013 7:53PM
Stunning Image!!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Jul 2013 7:56PM
That would be a most interesting exercise to carry out, Patti, and if you managed to save a few of these beauties so rewarding.
Norfolkboy 11 1 4 England
9 Jul 2013 8:21PM
Cracking image, Patti.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
9 Jul 2013 8:24PM
A real beauty.
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
9 Jul 2013 9:25PM
Brilliant shot Patti.GrinGrin
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2013 10:07PM
Great shot, Patti.
8 10 10 England
9 Jul 2013 10:08PM
This is a beautiful image Patti - and you have a very kind nature tooSmile
9 Jul 2013 10:31PM
This is beautiful Patti, super image,
ugly 9 9 57 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 6:37AM
The colours work well..
Nice DOF..
Good timing..
Well done..

10 Jul 2013 12:17PM
gorgeous shot
10 Jul 2013 2:34PM
Stunning capture!
10 Jul 2013 8:02PM
Excellent capture of this beautiful butterfly.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
10 Jul 2013 10:47PM
your efforts have been well rewarded, what a beauty!!
wonderful capture and very interesting information!
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 4:57AM
Soooo beautiful! A joy to look at!

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