Wednesday, August 13, 2014

M/Alphabe-Thursday

 Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on wild asters

M is for MONARCH

Although this Monarch is sipping nectar from the blossom of a wild aster and...

 Monarch on clover

this Monarch is sipping nectar from a clover blossom, it's milkweed that Monarchs lay their eggs on... ONLY milkweed, as it's the only plant its caterpillar will eat.

Monarch on swamp milkweed

There are several varieties of milkweed and Monarchs will lay their eggs on any of them.  The variety above is called swamp milkweed and, as its name suggests, it grows in damp places.

VICEROY on Queen Anne's lace

This is NOT a Monarch. It's a Viceroy. Can you see the difference?

Hint: Note the lines that kind of follow the bottom shapes of each wing.

I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE 

I am also joining NF Winged  HERE.

56 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous shots of the Monarch! Have a great day!

Kate said...

The colors in your photos are terrific. Monarchs are such interesting subjects to snap, if you are skillful as you are.

Andy said...

Thanks to you Camera Girl I learned about Viceroy Butterfly. Now I know how to tell the difference. Thank you.

Sandra said...

they are all beautiful, and I only learned a couple of years ago that each butterfly has its own preferred flower to lay eggs on...

see you there! said...

I immediately thought of stained glass.

Darla

Kathy said...

Absolutely beautiful shots. Thanks for the lesson in the difference between the Monarch and the Viceroy!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots! Yes, once you look for differences, it's apparent.

TexWisGirl said...

just beautiful! thanks for the tip on the viceroy i.d.!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The difference wouldn't be all that easy to spot, they look so similar.. You see this is what I enjoy about blogging.. Learning something new...and the gorgeous pictures :)

Debbie said...

a monarch, with a purple bloom!!! i have died and gone to heaven, and it's beautiful here!!!

Linda W. said...

Wonderful butterfly shots!

Halcyon said...

Wow! What beauties. I don't recall seeing monarchs here in Europe. The viceroys are pretty too!

Small City Scenes said...

Oh wow! Great shots. You are so talented. I see the difference but only once you mentioned it. MB

Judy said...

All exceptional shots! I'm glad you explained the difference in the two kinds of butterflies.

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I did not know there were several varieties of milkweed. I used to know my butterflies much better than I do now. I see so very few these last few years in drought bound California.

RedPat said...

I planted milkweed this year but haven't seen any butterflies or caterpillars near it. Lovely shots, EG!

edenhills said...

These are all beautiful shots! Thanks for the comparison with the viceroy. I always get confused.

Felicia said...

wonderful, beautiful images. its still hard for me to tell the difference.

Melissa said...

Especially love the color combo of the monarch on the wild asters!

Sharon Anck said...

What gorgeous photos!

Jette Hollesen said...

So graceful! Lovely colours.
Like reading poetri!

Hugs
JetteMajken

Lowell said...

The monarchs are the kings and queen of butterflies, I think. And I'm very impressed with these photos - just superb! I've read that the monarchs are in danger for some reason.

Ginny said...

I see the lines now! But other than that, I would not be able to tell the difference! Your photos are just stunning!!! The first one is my favorite, but it was hard choosing. You really should make a collage and hang it somewhere.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

They are all beautiful, but that top shot is absolutely gorgeous!

Karen S. said...

How beautiful, it's one of my most favorite butterflies too!

Randy said...

A true beauty.

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful post for M ~ Monarch Butterfly and gorgeous photography ~

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Pix Under the Oaks said...

CH has been jumping up and saying every dang butterfly is a monarch! I have to admit I am having a hard time making a distinction between the two butterflies! Your photos are amazing!

Leora said...

Well, those are beauties! Glad they are still around to be photographed. I haven't seen any this summer.

Stephanie said...

I did not know the difference between the two butterflies. Gorgeous images! I have not seen either type of Butterfly here. I used to see them all the time when I was younger when I lived back east.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous pictures. By now I think I have seen two Monarchs,this year.There seem to be very few around.

Pam Beers. said...

Beautiful shots! The colors are so stunning.

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous shots!

Rose said...

Wonderful shots!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Would never ever have known the difference. Are the Viceroys endangered as well? It is always good news to see the monarchs. Thanks for sharing, the photos are stunning.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh, great butterfly "Monarch"♡♡♡ What a capture, EG. And the differences are way beyond me p;) Amazing to widened my eyes for the nature and knowing how BEAUTIFUL natures are(^_^)v

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

llandudnopictures said...

Graceful and delicate!

Dominique Goh said...

Lovely capture of the Monarch butterfly.. it's such a gorgeous creature.

Chrissy Brand said...

A wonderful set of photos, as ever!

Anvilcloud said...

I had what I thought was a volunteer Milkweed plant growing in my garden. I pulled it out yesterday because it showed no sign of blooming. Maybe it wasn't actually a Milkweed although it was certainly milky where I cut it.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Absolutely stunning!

NatureFootstep said...

So many beautiful butterflies.

I cant remember if I told you before. If I had I applogise. I have a meme called NF Winged for all sort of winged ones. If you are interested to join, last edition opened today.

http://nfmemes.blogspot.se/

Reader Wil said...

My compliments for your photos. Butterflies are splendid objects to take pictures of but they must keep still.
Thank you for the. comment, which I agree with. Thank you and have a nice weekend!
Wil, ABCW Team.

Kerri Farley said...

Magnificent captures! WOW!

Gail Dixon said...

Ah, thanks for helping us tell the difference! I never knew. These are beautiful shots. I could so see these on notecards. :)

Marie said...

Beautiful shots!

fredamans said...

Magnificent Monarch moments!

Lisa Gordon said...

How beautiful these are.
The colors are just gorgeous.
Have a wonderful weekend!

jeannettestgermain said...

Hope I'll get through with this comment (on my Ipad) today... am sure glad you know the difference:)

MitchyLR said...

Beautiful butterfly shots!! I love theme all!!

NatureFootstep said...

thanks for linking up your beautiful butterflies. :)

Betty said...

I think the Monarchs are so pretty. Didn't I hear that they might die out because their habitat in Mexico (where they go in the winter) is being developed? I hope they'll be around for along time!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Marvelous shots...I'd forgotten about milkweed and monarchs...thanks for the re-education♪ http://lauriekazmierczak.com/mini-moon/

Gunilla Bäck said...

Fabulous shots of the butterflies!

Jenny said...

Butterflies are such marvelous, magical things!

I really enjoyed your pictures for the letter M.

Thank you for linking.

A+

Sandra Black said...

Beautiful pictures. I know most people recognise the monarch and so it often seems to be ordinary but I have always considered it to be of great beauty.

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