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Monarch Butterfly Pictures, Facts, and Information

Monarch butterfly


Monarch butterfly

Monarch profile


Monarch profile

Monarch on butterfly bush


Monarch on butterfly bush

Monarch with wings spread


Monarch with wings spread

Monarch


Monarch

Monarch butterfly with spread wings


Monarch butterfly with spread wings

Vertical monarch


Vertical monarch

Monarch butterfly collecting pollen closeup


Monarch butterfly collecting pollen closeup

Monarch side view


Monarch side view
Pictures of monarch butterflies (species Danaus plexippus).
This orange-and-black butterfly is the most well-known butterfly in North America, but they're not the easiest to photograph. While they're large (which makes them easier to focus on), they move almost constantly. When they are collecting pollen, they hold their wings closed, which doesn't make for a good shot. To get a picture with the wings open, I had to snap a shot at exactly the right moment--they briefly open their wings from time-to-time.