Friday, December 21, 2012
Friday, Dec 21, 2012 - BetterPhoto Contest Entry!
The Monarch Butterfly has long been known as the "Queen" of the butterfly world, and it is no surprise that the caterpillars are equally brilliant in color and design. The caterpillars and adult butterflies are poisonous due to the presence of cardenolide aglycones from the milkweed plants the larvae feed on. They can be toxic enough to make an animal sick, but rarely cause any real serious issues. For this reasons animals identify with the bright coloring and stay away from eating them. I find these insects very fascinating and I never turn down a chance to photograph one when I get the chance!
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