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Monarch Butterfly on Seaside Goldenrod

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Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 23 January 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May Point State Park

The Monarch Butterfly is one of the most recognized insects in North America. Unfortunately, this species is in trouble. According to Monarch Watch, a major cause of population decline is development, which results in the loss of habitat and larval food plants.

The Monarch Monitoring Project in Cape May "is a research and education program focusing on the fall migration of monarch butterflies along the Atlantic coast."

Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

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Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just magnificent. I love warm colors of this butterfly

23 Jan 2015 5:44am

Devi from Chennai, India

amazing shot of the colourful butterfly on the yellow gold here !!! Hope their food reserves shoot up and they breed more:)

23 Jan 2015 6:01am

Tataze from Bourgogne, France

fantastic macro

23 Jan 2015 8:59am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


23 Jan 2015 9:43am

Sonja from Wörgl, Austria

A great macro !

23 Jan 2015 10:35am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Very nice image. Perfect position of the Monarch. Nice diagonals.

23 Jan 2015 11:16am

@Anita: Thanks Anita. I appreciate that comment, with your eye for composition.

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

beautifully done

23 Jan 2015 12:25pm

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran


23 Jan 2015 2:58pm

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Absolument exceptionnel

23 Jan 2015 3:18pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautifully photographed Julie, such a wonderful insect and awful that it's becoming threatened.
It seems that we don't learn about maintaining a balance with our environment and unfortunately its beautiful creatures like this that suffer. The sad thing thing about this is the human race will eventually put itself on the threatened species list because of its lack of care about our environment. Sorry for the rant, I hope you don't mind !

23 Jan 2015 4:00pm

@Doug: Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Doug. I do not mind your 'rant' at all. I appreciate it very much when people take the time to read my narratives and click the links. It makes what I do as a nature photographer worthwhile. For most people, this may just be a pretty insect, but for others-like you and me-it represents much more. If we can influence people through photographs to care about conservation issues such as development, habitat loss, and use of pesticides and herbicides, then every image has the potential to make a difference in some small way.

Kent from Herrljunga, Sweden

Very beautiful picture

23 Jan 2015 6:17pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Vibrant color and details

23 Jan 2015 6:38pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

absolutely superb! perfect focus, great sharpness with excellent detail and tones!

24 Jan 2015 7:36am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


24 Jan 2015 3:45pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Lovely colors here.

26 Jan 2015 1:05pm