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Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus


Monarch butterflies are known for the incredible mass migration that brings millions of them to California and Mexico each winter. North American monarchs are the only butterflies that make such a massive journey—up to 3,000 miles (4,828 kilometers). The insects must begin this journey each fall ahead of cold weather, which will kill them if they tarry too long.


Running after a large orange unknown butterfly like a child running after a bubble parade, I caught up with it when it landed and then fell in utter disbelief after seeing what it was. Wish I could have got some better shots but I certainly feel blessed. Bodega Bay, CA.

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Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

Thank you gerr2468!

gerr2468 7 years ago

Beautiful shot Joshua!

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Spotted on Oct 2, 2013
Submitted on Oct 2, 2013

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