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so canadian. a butterfly that goes south for the winter.

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This is a kickass butterfly. The Monarch. All of them east of the Rockies go to Michoacan in Mexico, for the winter. That's a long way from here. They stay until early March when they come home. The Monarch who comes back to my yard is not the one that left. It is the third generation of Monarch and just how did that little Monarch brain figure that one out? Not only do they go to Mexico, they hang out in the heart of drug cartel country, but they are just fine. Mostly they hang comatose on the pine trees until it's time to come home.

paintist says:

They are magnificent..... I wonder, is it possible to tag a butterfly? They lead such exciting lives for a creature so fragile....

29th Jan 2011, 06:56

nige says:

That's a long way to travel. I wonder if they take the train.

31st Jan 2011, 09:07

Viv says:

I thought I'd commented on this

love the macro - texture

31st Jan 2011, 15:23

swamprose says:

thank you for the HL. Personally, I was impressed with myself for getting the third shot because chasing a butterfly with a camera, getting close enough to when it is still was something I tried to do all summer. personal HL.

Yes, Paintist,you can tag a butterfly. Tagging monarchs began in Canada and now there are groups all through North America that do tagging.

monarchs explained

monarchs in mexico I find this footage amazing.

apologies for hit and run moblogging. am on deadlines. ugh. and it's freezing here.

31st Jan 2011, 17:01

MaggieD says:

my oh my, what a true kickass butterfly, lovely series of pics .....

31st Jan 2011, 21:14

Dania says:

Wow, such detail. Really gorgeous.

31st Jan 2011, 23:05

Jig along says:

All lovely pics. Some of them have made there way down to the Kimberley. I saw quite a few of them that were photo friendly:)

13th Feb 2011, 13:06

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