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The gorgeous Monarch Butterfly captured while sampling pollen from Lantana flowers. This beautiful orange and black butterfly seems to be making a comeback after years of decline, likely caused by man's encroachment on its environment. This photo captures a side portrait and was taken in Southern Quebec in the summertime.

A composite of five different views of a monarch emerging from its chrysalis. It shows the emerging monarch from the first opening of the chrysalis to the final unfolding and drying of its wings. The butterfly starts its emergence upside down and has to grab the chrysalis tightly with its legs and right itself.

A monarch is sitting with a adult caterpillar on a milkweed plant. This is the only plant the monarch will lay eggs on and the caterpillar will eat. This shows a flowering milkweed in mid to late summer. I raised the caterpillar and the butterfly from eggs. I release the butterflies in the wild once their wings are dry and they can fly.

Vector illustration of monarch butterflies, both a top view and a side view. Each butterfly is on its own layer, and each is easily separated from the other and from the white background. Illustration uses gradient meshes and linear gradients. CS .ai and AI8-compatible .eps formats are included, along with a high-res .jpg.

A monarch caterpillar is shown in 6 stages of shedding until the skin falls away and a chrysalis begins to take shape. The first stage happens after the caterpillar has fastened itself with silk to a branch and hangs in the shape of a J. Then the skin of the caterpillar slowly splits and moves upward until the crinkled skin drops off because of the wiggling movement of the caterpillar. What is left is a chrysalis which dries and shrinks a bit.

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