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12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Male Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

This monarch is one of eight that I tagged and released in the fall of 2014. It had recently emerged from its chrysalis, which I kept indoors to protect it from predators. He was just enjoying the sunshine for the first time, and he soon left my Indiana back yard and headed for Mexico. I hope he makes it!

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Date Taken: 09.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America
Copyright: © Mark Brinegar