Monarch of Fire Mountain

Monarch butterfly on Dahlia ‘Fire Mountain’, photos taken yesterday at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I was fortunate to be standing there, nearly ready to photograph the dahlia flowers, when in flew the monarch butterfly!

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Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2022)

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  1. Excellent timing, Liz, and lovely photos. I really like seeing the full wing spread in your second image. He’s in remarkably good shape, and that’s an interesting swirl pattern on the right rear wing. It’s almost like a finger print or a the rings of a tree.

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    1. Thanks Ellen! That finger print mark is a mystery to me. I assume it’s truly on the butterfly as I’ve never touched the camera’s zoom lens, and haven’t seen such a mark on other pics. I know of a dust mark that shows if I have a lot of sky but that’s all.

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      1. I did wonder about your finger, but clearly it’s not to be seen on the others, and is a bit perfect in the center.
        I suspect the butterfly had some kind of mishap, although it’s surprising the wing isn’t torn. If you look in your next image there is a bit of a smudge on the other side of the wing… a mystery indeed!

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    1. Interesting, Jane. Do you get any butterflies? We get cabbage whites and native admirals. And the magpie moth, which looks much like a butterfly!


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