Explore Nov 6, 2009 #9
What a morning! I was taking pictures with 6+ macro on my camera when I saw this butterfly heading for the Spicy Jatropha bush in front of me. It was one of those moments when you go... Darn! I've got the wrong lens on and only got a moment to get this shot.
But I was wrong on two counts. It wasn't a Monarch and the Queen also settled down on the flower and sipped and sipped... the proboscis thread-like drinking mechanism unrolling, collecting and rolling back up over and over. I was afraid to breathe... I was a mere few inches away. But despite my closeness and a pretty strong breeze, it stayed and stayed and I took shot after shot as the sun lit its wings!
The Queen is one of the milkweed butterflies that mimics the Monarch. It prefers swamps and moist areas along streams and lake edges where willow trees prosper in the moist soils.
Queen Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, Danainae, Nymphalidae