Winter resident by molizard

Winter resident

This is one of our winter resident Monarchs. Today was a warm day so these butterflies could be found visiting flowers. There were more clusters in the grove when I visited today. So hopefully it will be a good year for them. This one is visiting a Eucalyptus flower. I noticed that it's proboscis has what looks like peanut butter on it. I was wondering about this & hoping Robert might be able to shed some light on this.
I'm not sure which I like best. I do love them both.
November 3rd, 2010  
Very cool macro, nicely done!
November 3rd, 2010  
LOVE This The details are Great !
November 3rd, 2010  
Wow-gorgeous!
November 3rd, 2010  
That is a great close up shot! The stuff on the mouthparts is probably some plant resins associate with flowers/buds the monarch was feeding on. If the weather warms appreciably it will soften in the butterfly may be able to remove it by grooming. Looks similar to the propolis that bees gather.
November 3rd, 2010  
I missed this somehow when I looked at the other one a couple of hours ago. Great detail and I like how you've framed the blossom at the bottom of the photo so that just the fringe is visible. Makes a lovely contrast to the butterfly.
November 3rd, 2010  
So beautiful - great detail!
November 3rd, 2010  
nice close up!! perfect!
November 3rd, 2010  
beautiful butterfly...
November 3rd, 2010  
Beautiful close up x
November 3rd, 2010  
Great macro. So clear and detailed.
November 4th, 2010  
So clear and detailed. Very cool.
November 4th, 2010  
Beautiful shot,love its markings. Great job you've done here!
November 4th, 2010  
They have the most beautiful costumes ever! So beautiful, and a great capture for you!! I never tire of seeing Monarch's. :)
November 5th, 2010  
The Monarch is my favorite butterfly. nice close up - fav.
November 5th, 2010  
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