Danaus plexippus - Monarch
This Monarch is nectaring on host milkweed at El Dorado Park, August 5, 2005.
Danaus plexippus - Monarch
Freshly emerged in my garden, May 25, 2010.
Danaus plexippus - Monarch
A male Monarch at El Dorado Park in a patch of milkweed, August 5, 2005. Males have thinner black lines along the wing veins and a patch of special black scales on each hindwing.
Danaus plexippus - Monarch
A female Monarch that had recently emerged from her pupa in my garden in Long Beach, October 26, 2005. One benefit of raising them yourself - fresh models!
Egg of Danaus plexippus - Monarch
Starting in 2005 I began planting plenty of Milkweed in my garden to attract Monarchs. This worked well, and I have watched them go through their life cycle many times. This is a Monarch egg on Milkweed.
First instar larva of Danaus plexippus - Monarch butterfly
A first instar Monarch caterpillar that had recently emerged from an egg. April 13, 2011.
Second instar larva of Danaus plexippus - Monarch butterfly
Second instar Monarch larva on the same plant as above, April 17, 2011.
Larva of Danaus plexippus - Monarch
A Monarch caterpillar on its foodplant. The milkweed I use is currasivica.
Pupa of Danaus plexippus - Monarch
A Monarch pupa.
Pupa of Danaus plexippus - Monarch
Another Monarch pupa not long before the emergence of the adult butterfly.

©Dennis Walker