Today’s featured image was captured in our Lake of the Ozarks (Missouri) flower garden, shortly after release of this Monarch butterfly into the wild. This Monarch was the third one we released over one week … all were brought into our “Monarch nursery” as caterpillars. Within days, the caterpillars morphed into chrysallises, and eventually transforming into the beautiful Monarchs that we all enjoy.
This image was captured a few days ago. If everything went well after it’s release, it should be well on it’s way southward for the winter!
I have put together time-lapse videos of both (a) the chrysallis formation, and (b) eclosure (emerging) from it’s chrysallis. I hope to feature those within a few days!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D body
- Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
- Handheld, with IS “On”
- ISO 640
- Aperture f/8
- Shutter Speed 1/125 sec.