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Butterfly - Beautiful Monarchs and Butterflies for Art

All types of animals, birds & insecs are very interesting. Many are under attack, but many people like to learn everything about nature.

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Butterfly Structure

The beautiful butterfly is typically brightly colored, and it has become very popular in art in the United States. Butterflies are interesting, as well as, helpful for the environment.

Many butterflies pollinate flowers and some eat harmful insects, however, they feed primarily on the nectar of flowers. Butterflies sense the air for scents, nectar and wind with their antennae. A butterfly’s sense of taste is located on the tarsi (their feet), which work only on contact.

Vision is also well developed and most species are sensitive to the ultraviolet light spectrum. Many butterflies are migratory, such as the monarchs

Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly, as milkweed is their main food source. Monarchs are probably the best known of all the butterflies in North America. Monarchs are the most iconic of butterflies; they famously migrate from the eastern United States to spend each winter clustered on a few mountaintops in Mexico, where sometimes millions gather. Some do spend the winters along the California coast as well.

Some biologists see a decline in the female Monarch over the last few years, which obviously is a problem for the overall population. Andy Davis of the University of Georgia, Athens, stated the female population has dropped 43%, which indicates a steady decline in the female population.

The Mexican forests have been subject to illegal logging, but the government is making progress in stopping this illegal activity as this is a protected area. The biologist also noted that the female population was less in their southward migration which means there are other causes of their demise.

Ernest Williams of Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, states they have data showing the decline has occurred over the past ten years. Besides the loss of the monarch’s of the winter habitat, climate change may cause more episodes of severe weather which would hamper the butterflies.

Open land for milkweed crops is declining, and researchers warn that genetically engineered crops are changing herbicide use, which has thinned the amount of milkweed. This could certainly have a major impact on the abundance of the monarch.

Butterfly Life Cycle



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How Monarks Reproduce

The chart above depicts the entire life cycle of the butterfly. Monarchs are tougher than they look as the flight from the east coast of the United States to Mexico is a 2,000-mile journey. However, this long migration to and from these fir forests in central Mexico spans the life of three to four generations which means no single butterfly makes the entire journey.

Typically the monarchs live from 2-6 weeks. The females lay one egg at a time but can lay up to 200 a day. They don't lay as many eggs if it a hot, dry summer. It is amazing how these unique creatures know how to reach these mountain tops year after year.

The forests of Mexico have the perfect climate as they are not cold enough for the butterfly to freeze but cold enough to keep their systems dormant until spring.

Monarch butterfly caterpillar having lunch- macro


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Monarch Butterfly Emerges

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Art with Butterflies

Butterflies have become a popular motif in interior decorating, crafting, tattoos, and other businesses such as jewelry. In interior decorating you often see printed photos or paintings. There are some organizations that use their income from the butterfly art to help work toward the protection of butterflies in the world where we see populations dwindle due to weather or man’s indifference.

It is very common to see butterflies used in the theme for weddings whether on the dresses, hair clips or decorations. Butterfly jewelry has become very popular also. Many people now have butterfly tattoos.

Wedding Cake

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Butterfly Tatoos



Tori Amos live Sleeps with Butterflies

In Conclusion

Butterflies are fascinating creatures, and I plant flowers in my yard that will attract them in the summer. I can't think of many things in nature that you also find copied so frequently in the art field from paintings to pictures, jewelry and decorations for your hair or a wedding cake.

The Monarch butterfly is particularly beautiful, which makes it the most popular butterfly in North America.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 28, 2012:

Alex Rose, Butterflies have always fascinated me as they are so beautiful. I appreciate your comments.

Alex Jose from Cleveland, Ohio on May 27, 2012:

One of the most beautiful creation of god is the butterfly and this hub totally explains it in all...and i am so glad that i read it.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 25, 2011:

tinamarie, I feel the same way and I appreciate your comments.

tinamarie9884 on May 25, 2011:

Hello Pamela, Ever since I was a young girl I always had a thing for butterflies. To be honest, I simply have a thing for all of God's creations. Very beautiful hub!!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 14, 2011:

Support Med, I agree. I appreciate your comments.

Support Med. from Michigan on May 14, 2011:

I can only hope the Monarch will remain safe. The art is beautiful for all: clothing, jewelry, etc. v/r

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 10, 2011:

Denise, When I found that wedding dress I knew I had to include it because I think it's just gorgeous also. Thank you so much for your comments.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on May 09, 2011:

I love butterflies, as you know. Great hub and I was amazed at the lovely wedding dress with the butterflies on it. Cool. :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 03, 2011:

Stephanie, They are so beautiful and amazing. I appreciate your comments.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on May 03, 2011:

I love butterflies, and the monarch is one of my favorites. It is so amazing that they are able to make that journey from the U.S. to Mexico! One year we were lucky enough to have migrating monarchs rest in a field near our home—it was an incredible sight! Thanks for an interesting hub with lots of good content!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on May 01, 2011:

toknowinfo. Thank you for your comments. I will check out your hub also.

toknowinfo on May 01, 2011:

This is great. I wrote a hub about butterflies a few months back. We both share a tribute to these beautiful creatures. Rated up and awesome.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 27, 2011:

Hello, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. I appreciate your comments.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 27, 2011:

Thank you, Pamela, for such a beautiful topic. Super pictures.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 24, 2011:

Peggy, It is really great to see the Monarchs fly south. I plant flowers that attract butterflies also. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2011:

We see the Monarchs flying through here on their way to Mexico. We also have many other butterflies in our yard because of our plantings. Nice hub, Pamela. Useful and beautiful!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 24, 2011:

Sally, Thanks for your very nice comments. Much appreciated.

Truckstop Sally on April 24, 2011:

I knew when I read the title, you would have lovely pictures to accompany a well-written hub. You did not disappoint on either. Thanks!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 24, 2011:

katyzzz, Thanks so much for your comment.

Movie Master, I'm sorry to hear butterflies are scarce in the UK. I appreciate your comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 24, 2011:

I love butterflies, they have a special hypnotic beauty, sadly we don't see so many different ones here in the UK anymore.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on April 23, 2011:

Pamela, great to catch up with you, yes butterflies are just about eveyone's favourite

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2011:

POP, I'm glad you got to enjoy them. Thanks for the comment.

breakfastpop on April 23, 2011:

The Monarchs went right by my house on their journey and it was one of the most beautiful sights.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2011:

drbj, I had not thought about that but it works for me! :-)) Thanks for your comments.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 23, 2011:

Fascinating hub, Pamela, voted up. I guess from now on when we say to someone, 'Your taste is in your feet,' that may be a compliment. We're calling that person a butterfly.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2011:

Frog Prince, I'll bet your ranch is beautiful. Thank you for your comments.

Audry, I agree that Monarchs are the kings. I appreciate your comment.

always exploring, I'm so glad you enjoyed the article and thank you for your comments.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 22, 2011:

I too love butterflies..I'm amazed how beautiful they are. Your article is really good. I learned a lot. Thank you.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on April 22, 2011:

I love butterflies and we have a lot of them here which is awesome. Monarchs though are the "king of butterflies" and nothing like them. Great hub, Pamela!

The Frog Prince from Arlington, TX on April 22, 2011:

Nice Pamela. We have an abundance of butterflies of all types due to the extensive gardens and vines on trees and our fences. They are magnificent indeed. They seem to like our ranch and I don't mind at all.

The Frog

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 22, 2011:

JY, Thank you so much for your comments.

John Young from Florence, South Carolina on April 22, 2011:

Beautifully done Pam. I did a similar one months ago. But yours is very, very good.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 22, 2011:

Will, Exactly! Thanks.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on April 22, 2011:

Butterflies are futher evidence that there is a God.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 22, 2011:

Acer, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Enlaydia Listener, That is an excellent analogy. Thank you for your comments.

Christopher, That sounds like an awesome sight. Thanks for your comment.

Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on April 21, 2011:

Our property must be along one of the Monarchs' migratory flight paths, because last Fall, for a couple of weeks, we had an unusually large number of determined orange and black butterflies fluttering, drifting and gliding by...always headed South. And, I would greet them and encourage them and wish them a safe and pleasant journey, hoping their offspring would find their way back here to Vermont. They will be a welcome sight.


Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on April 21, 2011:

Butterflies are an awesome part of creation...they are like flowers that fly...I also think they make a beautiful motif.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on April 21, 2011:

I see Monarchs as the travel through my area of SW Louisiana,they're awesome,Thanks Pamela.;)

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