Bug of the Week: Monarchs and Migrations

Monarchs are beautiful butterflies.

There’s evidence in this photograph about the gender of the butterfly, and about the weather that day. What do you think?

If you are interested in the long migrations made by monarch butterflies, take a look at the NOVA TV program The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies. When I first went to this link there was only a preview, but today you can watch what looks like the entire the show.  I hope to finish it soon.

After the show, you might want to pick up one of these. There are a lot of great children’s books about monarch butterflies.


  1. The crazy suburban mom

    Those photos are just amazing! I wish I had a camera that would get that close up so wonderfully!

    happy ww!

  2. elijahssong

    You can really see the colors! Beautiful!

  3. Country Mouse

    Looks like a sycamore samara to me. Great shot of the sprout emerging!

  4. Snowcatcher

    Oh my goodness! The clarity and detail took my breath away! Especially since it’s snowing and blowing here!

  5. Roberta

    I’m afraid I don’t take full credit for the photographs. Monarchs are so beautiful, it is hard to take a poor photo of one 🙂

    The bottom monarch is a male, which I can tell from the black spots in the hind wings. They look like enlargements of the wing veins. Females don’t have those.

    And there are a few drops of water on the thorax and on the wing. It was raining that day. (But not snowing!)

  6. Kate

    Monarchs are so darn beautiful. I featured some Monarch photos a couple years ago… of course they’re one of my favorites!

    Welcome to Life Photo Meme!


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