Arrival Of The Monarch Butterfly

Monarch VIII

1/640s @ f/4.0 ISO 250

The Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) has arrived in Ciudad de Merida.  These bright orange butterflies are a favorite of mine, and richly deserve the name Monarch, because they are royalty.  They typically leave North America on their annual migration south in August, and they are already showing up here in Mexico in September.  They (or rather the caterpillars) feed on milkweed, and God knows we have plenty of milkweed in our backyard.  September is also the rainiest month here in Yucatan.  I took these photos about an hour ago, and wanted to show them to you.  I would love to photograph the huge clusters (in the millions) that you can see periodically, but alas our tiny backyard couldn’t accommodate those kinds of numbers.  I hope that you enjoy these beauties as much as I do.  All images captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens.

Monarch XIII

1/640s @ f/4.0 ISO 160

Monarch X

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Monarch VII

1/640s @ f/4.0 ISO 200

Monarch II

1/640s @ f/4.0 ISO 200

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3 responses to “Arrival Of The Monarch Butterfly

  1. Hi Steve, your photos are truly stunning!
    Only one thing … this is a Queen butterfly and not a Monarch. They are very similar but the Monarch has a different striped pattern on the wings. I hope you will see Monarchs soon because their numbers are plummeting due to various reasons unfortunately.

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