Butterfly -Beautiful Monarchs and Butterflies for Art

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

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"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly." By-Richard Bach


Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly, as milkweed is their main food source. Monarchs are probably the best know 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 sever 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.

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Monarch butterfly caterpillar having lunch- macro

Monarch Butterfly Emerges

"But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
And now from having ridden out desire
They lie closed over in the wind and cling
Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire."

- Robert Frost

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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.

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Buttterfly Bracelet

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Butterfly Tatoos

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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.

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

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


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

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


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Christopher Price 5 years ago from Vermont, USA

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.

CP


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Butterflies are futher evidence that there is a God.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Will, Exactly! Thanks.


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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

JY, Thank you so much for your comments.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

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


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

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!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

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.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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katyzzz 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

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


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

katyzzz, Thanks so much for your comment.

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


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

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!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

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!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

This is great. I wrote a hub about butterflies a few months back. http://hubpages.com/hub/Butterflies-Winged-Wonders... We both share a tribute to these beautiful creatures. Rated up and awesome.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

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!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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.


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

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


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I agree. I appreciate your comments.


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

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!!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

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


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Alex Jose 4 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

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.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

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

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