Sunday

Monarch Butterfly - Egg Laying - Ovipositing


Monarch Butterfly laying an egg - ovipositing - on the underside of a milkweed leaf.


Cropped closely - but I hope you can see the little egg it laid. It was quite thrilling to see this happening. Only when I got the image downloaded did I realize I captured the egg as well.
 Heritage Park - Blacksburg, VA
Today is the first day of the rest of your life.
- Unknown

23 comments:

Ellie said...

Oh wow, what a shot. Well done you!!!
Isn't that a great word, 'ovipositing'. Great post.

Angie said...

WOW, that is a phenomenal shot!!

Jill said...

That is amazing!!! Great catch.

elenareviews said...

My eldest girls was amazed by this photos.

the wild magnolia said...
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the wild magnolia said...

You are awesome, the Monarch is awesome.

TexWisGirl said...

how very cool. :)

lifeonthecutoff said...

Like the monarch, I have been hovering around your blog and just had to comment on this. Beautiful!

I discovered Monarch eggs on milkweed just yesterday afternoon. I've not planted milkweed, but, they are in the fields around me and one popped up this summer where it shouldn't be (of course). I left it, knowing its importance to the survival of Monarchs. I was so excited to see the eggs. Your pictures are wonderful - so glad you captured the moments of egg laying. This should be the generation that makes the long journey to Mexico to overwinter.

Julie G. said...

Wow, fantastic! How fortunate you were to see the egg laying. I too recently saw a butterfly (spicebush) hovering atop a leaf and then depositing an egg. I've never seen such a thing before. Very exciting! Wonderful quote to go along with these beautiful images, Kerri!

Appalachian Lady said...

That is really something to catch. Great shot!

S. Etole said...

You take some amazing photos!

Poppy said...

Oh my goodness what a wonderful shot! Well done Kerri for capturing this :) x

Debbie said...

super cool!! awesome capture!!

Lisa RedWillow said...

All your captures of Butterfly are so impressive and so very beautiful

deb duty said...

This is exciting! I just planted a milkweed in the hopes of getting to watch the whole process. I've got some white spots which I think are eggs. You captured two really great images!

Catherine said...

Very very cool Kerri! What a thrill to see the cycle of nature!
xo Catherine

JaneK said...

omg, seriously, Kerri, you are amazing

Hilary said...

Very cool!

cindyzlogic said...

Neat shot, Keri!!!

Daryl said...

Very cool shots .. over from Hilary's to say congrats on POTW!

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots! Congrats on your POTW.

Scott said...

Great shot of a beautiful butterfly and life cycle event. Congrats on the POTW.

Lisa RedWillow said...

This is again wonderful.
So well done.

Congrats on the POTW.

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