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

Monarch butterfly – Americana Collection

“To develop appropriate habitats for monarchs, we need to move beyond thinking only about particular host species toward a focus on planting native communities. Backyard butterfly garden programs usually do not encourage gardeners to consider nearby plant communities (forests, prairies, or parks) when choosing plants for their gardens. Such programs often promote homogenous plantings and tend to focus on species that have beautiful flowers, attract butterflies, bloom year-round, and require little attention. This often means that they promote nonnative, potentially invasive plant species.”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 – 1/4000 – 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.