08.05.2020 It’s about time

that a Monarch posed long enough for a shot.  With all the visits that successfully produced larvae, I never had a Monarch-Danaus plexippus sit still long enough for me to get a clear shot until Sunday. Lots of fluttering about but every time I tried to line up a shot away it would go. But eventually I got a couple of clear views, sometimes waiting on one side of a flower until it wandered to my side, while it was sipping nectar.

I have no idea who the interloping ant is and honestly didn’t even notice its presence until processing. I have been flashing a lot but will get back out in the field tomorrow as I have 5 free days in a row…if you call photography in the morning followed by mowing, brush cutting, and chainsawing free time.  🙂

A bit of good news, although the 180 is still in Virginia waiting for a new tripod collar, Canon loaned me a 180 until the repair is finished.  One of the advantages of being a CPS (Canon Professional Services…I’d give you a link but their site is down for maintenance at the moment) member.  It arrived today just in time for a few days in the field.

I’m  a little late with posting today as we had no internet for several hours this morning as Comcast had storm related issues.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 08.05.2020 It’s about time

  1. Merry monarch to you, and happy return of electricity.

    You say you’ve been flashing a lot. I thought that was limited to ladies in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

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    • We just lost Comcast but fortunately did not lose electricity although several local communities did. Several nearby roads were blocked while power and tree crews did their work. Nothing like what states south of us experienced but bad enough for some.

      I wasn’t thinking of Mardi Gras but have known of a few of these guys. Not the kind of flashing I practice.


  2. Eliza Waters says:

    I’m surprised you still have milkweed flowers – mine have been gone for a month. I still am not seeing any larva, so disappointing. I do occasionally see an adult sipping in the garden, but there were many more last year. I hope other areas are faring better.

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  3. Very Nice Steve! Yes, CPS comes in handy! Plus you can also request loaners to try before you buy one. Or at least they used to offer that, have not tried lately!

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  4. NJUrbanForest says:

    I’m glad you got the shot! I’ve found it very hard to take photos of butterflies!

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  5. krikitarts says:

    It’s good to see that you finally found another new one hanging in there. And as for the flashing reference–well, never mind.

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    • Yeah, flashing is not a good thing but there are those who get some sort of pleasure from revealing themselves. Personally I’d find myself embarrassed. Never streaked either. I am more conservative than people might think.
      I was happy to get a clear shot. I tried for several dorsals but my timing for the flaps was off. Maybe I’ll get another opportunity.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Happy Day! I love the composition here – the individual flowers on the milkweed gradually point to the Monarch.

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  7. melissabluefineart says:

    It can be frustrating, can’t it? Your perseverance certainly paid off.

    On the subject of larvae…I am crestfallen. A week ago I had a number of caterpillars on my swamp milkweed. One was over an inch long but not large enough to pupate. The others were so small I could barely see them without my bifocals on. A few days later, they all vanished. 😦 The large one had wandered onto a neighboring dogbane, and had stopped eating. I was torn about moving him back. Surely he’d figure it out? I don’t like handling creatures if I can avoid it for fear of injuring them or getting oils on them from my hands that could harm them or attract predators. Also, it had gotten quite hot and dry and the milkweed seemed a little stress. I wonder~could the plant have put out chemicals that killed the caterpillars???? hm.

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    • There is a constant evolutionary battle between monarchs and milkweed. You might be interested in this book regarding that. Monarchs need to eat, and in the process protect themselves from predators, but the milkweed does not want to be eaten. The battle rages on.
      I try not to handle insects for a number of reasons, their well-being at the top of the list.


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