Monarchs Mating

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).

Asclepias (all species), commonly known as “Milkweed,” is the “host plant” for Monarch butterflies. See a photo index of more pictures of Monarch butterfly caterpillars and Milkweed plants.

Photo Captions:

  1. Monarch butterfly (male) feeding on Scarlet Milkweed.
  2. Video snapshot.
  3. Annotated video snapshot, highlighting androconium (circled in red).
  4. Several Monarch butterfly caterpillars feeding on Milkweed.
  5. Monarch butterfly chrysalis casing, shown upper-right.

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