Tag Archives: Danaus plexippus

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 … Continue reading

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08.29.2020 Gimme Shelter

We have received a fair amount of gentle rain today which is very good for wetting the ground.  Later we should see some of the remnants of Laura as the storms heads northeast. Whether that will replenish the brooks remains … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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07.14.2020 Just to complete the set

My reward for vacuuming out my car was a visit by this Monarch female laying eggs.  She never did settle somewhere that allowed me a clear view, always obstructed by a leaf, but I am happy to have seen her … Continue reading

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07/13/2020-2 Macro Monarch Monday

We have at least two monarch larvae so far.  At least I have seen a monarch caterpillar twice at a distance from each sighting along the driveway.  Maybe the first one went for a long hike and was the second … Continue reading

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09.22.2019 Two on the Asters

While mowing near our vegetable/flower garden, I noticed the asters were really busy with butterflies and bees.  The bees were busy and kept about their pollen gathering and for the most part so were the butterflies.  There were two Monarchs-Danaus … Continue reading

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07.15.2019 Along Branch Bridge Road

This is a popular locale for fishing and insect watching.  Lots of dragonflies, damselflies, butterflies, and various other insects. It’s also the spot where I made the Tall Meadow Rue image last week. This first image was a pleasant surprise … Continue reading

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08.25.2018 Flying Flower Caterpillars

Well, I hinted to Ann (Gallivanta) earlier that I would post a flower today, but I’ll save those for later. I’ve been experiencing great luck with Monarch larvae this summer.  I know one perished for sure and am not sure … Continue reading

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07.15.2017 My Holy Grail of Larvae

I think most everyone is aware of the decreasing Monarch Butterfly population.  As far as their caterpillars are concerned, I saw nary a one for the last three or so years and maybe one or two adults total during that … Continue reading

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08.08.2014 At last!!!!

I think most of the visitors to this blog are aware of the sinking numbers of Monarchs.  I have seen very few over the last few years and none this year at all.  Until last night.  As the light faded … Continue reading

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