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Old Dec 2, 2010, 9:53 PM   #1
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Default a wayward monarch

found this lone guy hanging on for dear life to the milkweed in the backyard this evening during a chilly and windy twilight.

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both taken with the fz40
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Old Dec 2, 2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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Poor little Flutter-by...

Hope it warmed up enough the next morning for it to fly south to warmer climate...

Thanks for sharing...!
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It's on it's way to Mexico - not much further to go if it's in Texas.

http://www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/mon...outWinter.html
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Amazing butterfly. They do not live long enough to make the entire round trip journey, but it takes several generations. They keep laying eggs along the way and the new generation continues on the migration. By the way, they only lay eggs on milkweed, which gives the caterpillars toxins which keeps birds from eating them when they grow up to be butterflies.

This is their baby, by the way:

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Excellent info and pic, Saly...!
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as much as butterflies do look beautiful, those caterpillar things always give me shivers. :O

nice pics, with nice details !
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sorry to report the monarch butterfly was dead this morning. thanks all for the info and nice comments.
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Awwww, that's sad, Mary...
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sorry to report the monarch butterfly was dead this morning. thanks all for the info and nice comments.

The law of nature. His babies will continue his journey. Keep an eye on this plant - you may find eggs and caterpillars in the days to come.
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