From the archives: Monarchs for Mary Ellen

14 12 2010

My friend Mary Ellen is likely snowed in with 15 inches of snow in a remote town in Wisconsin. To brighten her day, I thought I’d re-post some Monarch photos from my blog. This was originally posted October 15, 2008.

Yes, more Monarchs. I can’t help myself. They’re everywhere! I learned a technique from my friend Mary Ellen of Happy Tonics about how to “stalk” Monarchs with a camera. Wait until they have their proboscis inserted into a flower and they become completely distracted by the task at hand—then move in closer, staying as still as possible. They won’t even notice you’re there. This one sure didn’t. I was able to shoot about 50+ images of this Monarch in less than five minutes.

Want to learn more about the senses of a Monarch? Click here.

Here’s a surefire way to attract Monarchs to your garden—plant milkweed!
Mary Ellen sells common milkweed seeds in her eBay store here. Milkweed is the sole food for the Monarch caterpillar. Adult butterflies can feed on other plants such as this butterfly bush, but the caterpillars only eat milkweed.

Mary Ellen and I crossed paths a few years ago when I purchased seeds from her through eBay. This led to a frequent e-mail exchange, and now I do volunteer design and photography for her organization. I design and produce her quarterly 4-page newsletter, Butterflies & Gardens, as well as other marketing materials. You can download the latest issue of the newsletter in pdf format here. I also designed a Monarch Butterfly Habitat Poster for her this past spring.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. www.cindydyer.com/GardenPhotos


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14 12 2010
insectamonarca

Thank you for publishing this Blog. I am in 15″ of snow. I will repost to our other social networks and Blogs. This is such a cheerful note and beautiful photos on a bright crisp snowy day in Northern Wisconsin.

15 12 2010
Sueann Simcock

Thanks for the wonderful post!

17 12 2010
Lyn

Absolutely loved the photos of monarchs. I have bushes they lay eggs on in my garden and I have watched with my R/1 class (I’m a teacher) a monarch caterpillar cocoon, actually pull his green and gold spotted cover completely over himself to start the metamorphosis process. Then we observed the cocoon change colour to greyish and we could see wings developing and then the butterfly hatched, dried his wings and then flew around the class room and out the window…such absolute magic. We have cocoons all around my garden which my granddaughter and I delight in finding. Lyn from Adelaide, Australia

20 12 2010
chloe

such beautiful little creatures

12 01 2011
Toni

Cindy, your work is totally awesome and so is this recap of the 2010 Hearing Loss Magazine. You go girl!

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