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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
emerging monarch

This Monarch just began to emerge when this was taken. I visited butterfly farms in Florida and fell in love with the beauty of butterflies. If you talk to them they look at you. When you move they follow you and maintain eye contact. When I came home, I began raising them. I still enjoy holding them up and watching them fly for the first time with freedom and innocence.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2019
Date Uploaded: 09.2019
Photo Location: Finksburg, Maryland, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
Copyright: © Theresa Holloway