Saturday, February 20, 2010

Monarch Butterfly.popped

d.010262.cropped.posterized.small: original file size = 3.3mb, Nikon D200 w/70-300 at 180mm, ISO 100, f/5.6 @ 1/125 sec.
The Monarch Butterfly, (Danaus plexippus) is a common butterfly that lays its eggs on the milkweed plant.  They have four stages of life:
1.) egg: 1/8 inch long, spherical, ridged and white. Hatches in 3-5 days.
2.)  caterpillar: the larva stage. Molts 4 time, eating its old skin as it grows to be about 2 inches long.
3.) pupa: a green cylinder shape that becomes transparent a day before the adult emerges in about 10-12 days.
4.) adult: Bright orange with black wing veins and outer margins. Three oranges patches, with white spots on the black outer margins. The body has white spots on a black trunk.

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