Nymphalidae Danaus plexippus Monarch butterfly St Marks National Wildlife Reserve Florida Americana Collection

Monarch butterfly – Americana Collection

Because of the warm climate and continuous availability of host plants, much of Florida’s monarch population stays in the state year-round and breeds continuously throughout the year. Year-round residents are more common in southern Florida, as cold winter temperatures in northern Florida can kill monarchs at any life stage. In addition to resident populations, the state also hosts migratory monarchs from northeastern North America.1

camera: Nikon D500 | lens: AF Nikkor VR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED with Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC14E III
focal length: 420mm | exposure: f/5.6 – 1/6400 – ISO 500

1Harvey, Rebecca G, et al. “Native Habitats for Monarch Butterflies in South Florida.” Native Habitats for Monarch Butterflies in South Florida, IFAS Extension University of Florida, June 2018, edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW31100.pdf.