Magnificent Monarch (Re-post)

(This post originally published in August 2010)

While photographing birds in the prairie meadow the other day, I was joined by a large, beautiful Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). He landed on a nearby thistle and grazed the flower for nectar for several minutes. When he was done, he lifted off and fluttered above the meadow, likely searching for another flower to feed on. Here are a few of my favorite images:

Monarch Butterfly on thistle

 

Monarch Butterfly on thistle

 

Monarch Butterfly in flight above the meadow

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