07.26.2021 Macro Monarch Monday

We’ve had lots of Monarch visitors in the yard flying around depositing eggs and there have been several larvae nibbling on the milkweeds. This was my first opportunity to capture one while nectaring.

We seem to be having a good year for larvae so I hope our yard is contributing to the increase or at least stasis. Next year I will build some raising cages to be sure the eggs and larvae reach maturity. I’ve always let nature take its course but am learning that the young have a fair number of predators. Ants, spiders, and wasps among others prey on them.

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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25 Responses to 07.26.2021 Macro Monarch Monday

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Oh joy, it’s really good to read this! And to see it, of course!

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  2. So your M.O. will be as an M.I. (Monarch Interventionist).

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  3. picpholio says:

    So nice that you want to help the monarch butterflies in your garden next year.
    Beautiful shot Steve šŸ™‚

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    • Thanks, Rudi. I do try to help the insects that visit our yard by having flowers for them to feed on and do all I can to cause them no harm. We need each and every one of them.

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  4. Great image Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  5. Such a beautiful butterfly! Good luck with helping them, hope it works!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Beautiful shot, Steve. B found a large fish tank with screen cover on the free table at the transfer station this weekend. I was beyond thrilled! It makes the perfect habitat and so easy to keep clean. A search at the thrift stores came up empty, but you might keep an eye out.
    I have my first larva about to pupate and lots coming along right behind it. I keep finding eggs, which I keep separate from the older instars as I’ve read that they’ll eat the eggs, the little cannibals. šŸ™‚

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  7. I’m so glad to hear that your milkweed is attracting monarchs, Steve. Your photo is lovely.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Glad to see you’re seeing more of them this year. Lets hope that continues. And great to hear about the efforts you’re going to help them along. If things were more in balance I think letting nature take its course would make perfect sense, but these days I don’t see any problem with helping it along a little.

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    • I’ve tried to let Nature do her thing but since we do ours she does need a bit of assistance from those who make life difficult for the creatures. We’ve really upset the balance.

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      • Ann Mackay says:

        It’s great that you can contribute to making the balance better and help these wonderful creatures. Hope there are lots more monarchs in your future! šŸ™‚

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  9. Beautiful. Yes, the more you learn, the more you find that you need to learn! Good work.

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