Monarch and Caterpillar
Pennsylvania Butterflies
August 19, 2007


  While I've presented monarch butterfly photos before, this is the first time I've ever come across a monarch caterpillar. It is as striking as an adult.

Monarch caterpillars dine on milkweed, which makes them highly undesirable to predators.

Monarch caterpillar enjoying milkweed
  And below is monarch is all his glory. The monarch males are identified by the black scent patch, seen as a small black oval on the hindwing (close to the body).
Mr. monarch
  Following is perhaps my favorite photo of a monarch, who is enjoying a little bit of thistle.
Monarch on thistle flower
  Photo note: The photos were taken during this past week (in August 2007) with the Pentax *1st D and the SMC 1000mm reflex lens.

He and she monarchs   |   Two fritillaries

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