Friday, August 7, 2009

Butterflies 5 - Monarchs

Milkweed can help attract the Monarch butterfly. Milkweed is the only thing that Monarch butterfly larvae can eat. Adult female monarchs lay their eggs on the underside of milkweed leaves. The eggs hatch in three to twelve days. Hatching time is dependent on temperature.

Monarch's are protected by preditors much because of the milkweed diet. It is both acidic and somewhat poisonous to many animals. Because the caterpillars eat this as their entire diet, Monarch's taste bad to their predators. The orange and black colors are a warning. Do not eat me!


Two monarchs on some milkweed


Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed visit tomorrow to see a different butterfly. I have more butterfly photographs on Flickr and Facebook. To see those you can click on the links along the left side of the blog for either Flickr or Facebook. To see more of my photography, you can also visit my Artfire studio, The Shutterbug Eye.

Diane

2 comments:

  1. Lovely photo of the butterflies. I love all the black and white polka dots on the body and edge of the wings!

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  2. Thanks Kelly, I like the monarchs. They are one of my favorites for their bright color and polka dots.

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