Subject: West Los Angeles sighting – Monarch 1
Location: West Los Angeles
July 6, 2017 8:26 am
Here’s the first set of pictures of Monarchs
Signature: Jeff Bremer
Thank you so much for sending your gorgeous images documenting the complete life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. It is going to take us a healthy chunk of time to format all your images and set up the posting properly so we are just starting by posting an image of a mating pair of Monarchs. The male is the individual with the open wings, and the female appears to have been tagged because her hind wings have what appears to be an inked marking. We can also identify the male, according to BugGuide, because: “Males have scent-scale patches on hindwings, prominent when wings are open, and just possible to see when wings are folded.” Over the course of the day, we hope to get all your excellent images added to the posting.
I don’t have complete life cycles for the rest of the butterflies that have graced our back yard, but I’ll send in what I have. Regarding the Marine Blue, I can resend them with the other pics. The ones I sent seemed to have unusual coloring.
By the way, I want to thank you for so graciously accepting my pictures. It makes me happy to be able to share them.