During a photowalk through the Children’s Garden at Hollin Meadows Science and Math Focus School, I observed two Monarch butterflies mating. Now that’s something you don’t see everyday! I used my Apple iPhone 3GS to shoot some still photos and video clips, some of which turned out remarkably well (he said, not too modestly). During post-processing of the media, I used VLC media player to capture a couple of video snapshots, including an annotated snapshot that highlights the “androconium” (one of two “hindwing pouches” on the male butterfly’s lower wings).
- Monarch butterfly (male) feeding on Scarlet Milkweed.
- Video snapshot.
- Annotated video snapshot, highlighting androconium (circled in red).
- Several Monarch butterfly caterpillars feeding on Milkweed.
- Monarch butterfly chrysalis casing, shown upper-right.
- Hollin Meadows Science Lab, Outdoor Education Program
- Monarch Watch — Dedicated to Education, Conservation, and Research. Relevant pages include Monarch Life Cycle and Sexing Monarchs (how to differentiate male- and female Monarch butterflies).