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Portrait of a Monarch Lovely warm and dynamic colours in this portrait of a Monarch butterfly - also commonly known here in Australia as Wanderers. I think she looks most regal! <br />
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The feeding proboscis can be seen in its non-feeding, coiled position here. <br />
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Monarchs were introduced into Australia in the 1870s. Once its host plant, the milkweed arrived as well, the butterflies began to flourish.<br />
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Wingspan 7 cm. <br />
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Portrait of a Monarch

Lovely warm and dynamic colours in this portrait of a Monarch butterfly - also commonly known here in Australia as Wanderers. I think she looks most regal!

The feeding proboscis can be seen in its non-feeding, coiled position here.

Monarchs were introduced into Australia in the 1870s. Once its host plant, the milkweed arrived as well, the butterflies began to flourish.

Wingspan 7 cm.

    comments (2)

  1. What a portrait, very nice! Posted 6 days ago
  2. Beautiful, dreamy photo! Posted 5 days ago

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The monarch butterfly or simply monarch is a milkweed butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names depending on region include milkweed, common tiger, wanderer, and black veined brown. It may be the most familiar North American butterfly, and is considered an iconic pollinator species. Its wings feature an easily recognizable black, orange, and white pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm The viceroy butterfly is similar in color and pattern, but is markedly smaller and has an extra.. more

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Nov 8, 2019. Captured Feb 16, 2019 11:27 in Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm