The Male Monarch

By taggart  
The Male Monarch

Recently, I was asked "how did I know it was a male". referring to an image posted earlier. This was photographed October 2--still hanging around it seems.

NOTE: Posting this as it clearly shows the two symmetrical black dots on the Hind wings. They are scent cells--indicating that this one is a male. I do not know if other butterfly varieties have indicators???

Tags: Insect Monarch butterfly Wildlife and nature PennsylvaniaUSA

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chavender Plus
9 451 1 France
3 Oct 2019 4:50PM
Top notch image Jenn.

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3 Oct 2019 5:00PM
An absolutely fabulous butterfly shot! David
3 Oct 2019 5:05PM
Beautiful butterfly, excellently presented Jenn,
chase Plus
14 1.6k 382 England
3 Oct 2019 5:17PM
Splendid in his full display Jenn, lovely colours here.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.3k 50 England
3 Oct 2019 5:19PM
Superb shot Jennn - not heard of those scent cells before, interesting.
Saastad Plus
1 16 5 Norway
3 Oct 2019 5:21PM
Beautiful photo!
3 Oct 2019 5:49PM
Stunning image.
3 Oct 2019 5:53PM
" I do not know if other butterfly varieties have indicators???"

In the wings?...I think some do, Jenn, but I'm not 100% sure Blush. Some have scent receptors in their antennae.
TonyDy Plus
11 52 3 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 6:04PM
Lovely shot, Jenn.
3 Oct 2019 6:05PM
Very fine Monarch, beautifully presented Jenn.

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AlfieK Plus
3 1 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 6:33PM
Beautifully photographed Jenn.
3 Oct 2019 6:49PM
Beautiful image
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 6:51PM
Ha ha to your comments
a great image Jennn
viscostatic 13 47 7 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 8:13PM
A beautiful butterfly and an excellent image Jenn.

3 Oct 2019 8:23PM
Superb Jenn. Cathy
Irishkate Plus
9 42 118 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 8:39PM
Beautifully captured and good knowledge of sex ID.
davyskid 3 2 Scotland
3 Oct 2019 9:17PM
Excellent capture Jenn beautiful SmileSmileSmile
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2141 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 9:23PM
"Scent scales are modified wing scales on the forewing of male butterflies and moths (on the costal fold) that release pheromones. These chemicals attract females of the same species. Scent scales are also called androconia."

Found this amongst more confusing information by Googling.
franken Plus
17 5.1k 4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2019 9:26PM
A beauty, Jenn!Smile
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
4 Oct 2019 6:00AM
top work
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2019 9:17AM
A pristine beauty captured Jenn.
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Nikonuser1 Plus
7 164 16 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2019 2:18PM
Excellent JennSmileSmile

4 Oct 2019 3:42PM
Beautiful shot
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2019 3:49PM
Excellent image and subject...
Isabel GrinGrin
4 Oct 2019 3:52PM
Very impressive Nectaring butterfly . And most appreciative for you giving us your two scents worth on his gender Jenn
Cheers Walt
gajewski 15 10 9 United States
4 Oct 2019 8:13PM
Wonderful macro, Jenn and thanks to you I now know a male from a female monarch.
5 Oct 2019 1:22PM
Excellent detail , beautiful image Jenn

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