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.
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.