Albuquerque, NM – Butterfly


NIKON D300, Nikon 105 VR Macro

This little guy was taken at the the Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, NM.   We are still having very nice weather in Texas now and just recently I have been seeing lots of butterflies…a Monarch was in our garden yesterday.   This may be due to the migration this year.   This guy is not a Monarch, but he may migrate like a Monarch as well!  The Monarch migration story is amazing!

Here is some info from the web on the Monarch:    Monarch Butterflies breed in the northern United States and southern Canada through the summer, but as fall approaches they migrate south to their traditional overwintering sites in California and Mexico. The adults who migrate south are not the ones who migrated north – they are their descendents, often several generations removed. They seem to be able to navigate using the sun and magnetic fields, and the migrating butterflies often use the same individual trees their ancestors used in the previous winter.  Monarch Butterflies need to make this long migration each year (as much as 2,000 miles) because the northern winter is too cold for the adults and the southern overwintering places are too far south for the milkweed that the caterpillars require.

Nature is amazing!  Enjoy!