Danaus Plexippus(Monarch) -Male -Recto
Danaus Plexippus(Monarch) -Male -Recto -Pacific Grove, California, USA -(3.5 in wingspan).
Some people have asked me why this specimen has 'Yellow-Orange' in the
hindwings whereas others they've seen are 'All Orange'.
The answer is that Monarchs, like ALL butterflies, have VARIABILITY.
Seeing as I have lived in California my entire life I have seen hundreds
of Monarch Butterflies up close at various migration areas.
So, I can tell you that the color can vary from Light to Dark and
it can be a Bright-Orange, Tawny-Orange or Yellow-Orange.
This particular specimen has Medium color with the Yellow-Orange
form, which I think is striking.
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