Day 176. Monarch

In february 2013 on February 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm


In contrast to the swallowtail, this monarch butterfly – photographed in my garden yesterday – is an introduced species.

Famous for their amazing capacity to migrate over vast distances, monarchs originated in the Americas. They are thought to have arrived in Australia in the early-mid 19th century – perhaps through flight over the Pacific from Hawaii, perhaps introduced.

According to, monarchs are probably the longest lived of any butterfly, due to their tough wings, durable body, and inedible poisonous properties.  The overwintering generation can live for 8-9 months.


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