Danaus plexippus

Monarch Danaus plexippus chrysalis early morning on Steeplebush. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

Monarch
Danaus plexippus

Update: Sep 23, 2017

Three more Monarchs hatched out this morning. The one on Steeplebush Spiraea tomentosa was the easiest to photograph.

Monarch Danaus plexippus chrysalis early morning on Steeplebush. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus chrysalis early morning on Steeplebush. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

Late-stage chrysalis

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus on Steeplebush. They hatch like an exploding popcorn kernel. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus on Steeplebush. They hatch like an exploding popcorn kernel. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

 

Hatched

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus wings fully expanded on Steeplebush. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus wings fully expanded on Steeplebush. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus just hatched on Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba). Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus just hatched on Meadowsweet (Spiraea alba). Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

Another one on Meadowsweet Spiraea alba.

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus just hatching on underside of Morning Glory leaf. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus just hatching on underside of Morning Glory leaf. Sept 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

One more under a huge Morning Glory leaf.

 

 

 

 

Monarch Danaus plexippus one of 15 that passed by, landing on Butterfly Bush, Sep 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.
Monarch Danaus plexippus one of 15 that passed by, landing on Butterfly Bush, Sep 23, 2017 Leamington, Ontario.

 

 

Grand total of Monarchs this morning – 18. None of them stayed more than 2 minutes, this one grabbed at a flower on the Butterfly Bush before heading south-west.

 

 

Still a few flowers left, Elm-leaf Goldenrod, Tall Boneset which the Monarchs seem to favor, New England Aster and some deep purple Salvia. All the fall flowers bloomed early this year.

One last Monarch chrysalis on Aster, still green.

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