The Monarch – The Wanderer

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the “Wanderer.”

In Europe, it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 centimetres (3½–4 in).

The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing. Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the “androconium” in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger.

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Snow Scene

Snow Scene

Snow Scene – Close-Up

Took these two photos on the way home from taking the kids to the local YMCA for floor hockey and soccer.

Macro – Sea Shell on a Wood Post

Sea Shell

Wood Post

Photos taken Labor Day weekend at my parent’s house. (2010)

Along Came a Spider

System of a Down – Spiders

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Bubbly Toast in the New Year 2011 / First Self-Portraits of the New Year

Bubbly Toast in the New Year 2011

First Self-Portraits of the New Year

First Self-Portraits of 2010

Photo of the Day

Macro Eye

Photo of the Day – August 30, 2010
“Danny’s Eye” Shot with my new Tamron 60mm Maco Lens
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