20 Incredible Migrating Monarch Butterfly Pictures

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Image: Beth Sargent

They look like delicate leaves or flower petals, decorating a tree in dramatic shades of orange and black. But in fact these are monarch butterflies, one of the best known and most interesting of North America’s butterfly species. We’ve featured beautiful photographs of the swallowtail butterfly before here on Environmental Graffiti. Now it’s time for some equally stunning monarch butterfly photos.


Image: Beth Sargent

When we think of animal migrations, we normally think of birds, or perhaps a few herd animals such as wildebeest. One creature that doesn’t instantly come to mind is the butterfly; yet migrating is exactly what these pretty insects do, en masse, once a year. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the path of their annual passage, you’re likely to see big groups of these beautiful creatures gathered together, as we’ll see in these photographs.

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Image: Dan Osipov

Like the wildebeest mentioned earlier, these butterflies have ‘gathered at the watering hole’ (so to speak) for a bit of a drink. They do this by sucking up the water through their straw-like proboscises – the butterflies’ equivalent of mouths for their liquid diet.

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