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The Monarch Butterfly

Updated on February 27, 2010

The Monarch Butterfly-The Prettiest Butterfly To Ever Flutterby

From underneath the leaf of a milkweed plant,

A new life is born, at first so scant.


Its egg is no larger than the head of a pin.

What a huge world for a tiny life to begin.


The larva sheds its skin 5 times as it grows.

Just why all these stages, only heaven knows.


The caterpillar will then cease to eat.

For the final metamorphosis cannot be beat.


It weaves a mat of silk, it’s super.

It sheds the last skin, to reveal the pupa.


In 5 weeks the egg grows to 2700 times its weight.

Then soars right off to propagate.


They’ll not come until spring, or when the Earth starts to warm.

They usually fly alone though at times seem to swarm.


The white, black, and yellow

Distinguishes this lady or fellow.


Their colors are intensely, bright and bold.

Their fragile flight is one to behold.


When the days grow shorter they start drifting away

Back to old Mexico, The Sierra Madre.


At nine thousand feet thousands can be found,

Waiting for spring to come back around.


Some fly from Canada and farther away.

So how in the world does each know the way?


They cling to the grand Oyamel trees,

When temperatures drop and maybe freeze.


But there’s no need to fret or have a concern.

This just slows them down so their fat doesn’t burn.


They’ll need it when a new cycle begins next spring.

Our Mother Nature doesn’t forget a thing.


This is truly the most remarkable butterfly,

The most beautiful and courageous that will ever flutter by.


Thousands of butterflies, over thousands of miles,

Through thousands of perils, create thousands of smiles.


Doesn’t thousands of miles of winged migration,

Across our vast and beautiful nation,


Add sensation, elation, increased motivation,

And determination for the procreation, of a new generation?


Amazingly the Monarch travels so far

Just to be flattened, on the windshield of my car.


And just how is a person expected to feel,

When a Monarch gets shredded in my bicycle wheel?

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      God bless you Tony! We don't see the grand migration. That would be nice. And- to see them in Mexico. God bless you brother!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      I love butterflies - wish I could see a Monarch. Their migration must be a truly wonderful sight to see.

      Thanks for sharing the wonderful words and pix.

      Love you, my brotherman!

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      They are wonderful. God bless you dear Freya!

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      Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      Yes, they are beautiful! I love them too!

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      2uesday!!! You are such a beautiful soul. I wish I were more like you! God bless you Dear 2uesday!

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      2uesday 6 years ago

      I was thinking about butterflies and came back to this page and thought if I left a comment it might get more views (it deserves) and make someone else smile as I did when reading it. Thank you Micky.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Oh you know- we lose one once in a while. They are magnificent though! Thank you Sir!

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      Debarshi Dutta 7 years ago from Calcutta

      Wonderful hub,,pity if the butterfly got crushed!

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      The Monarchs are my favorite butterflies because "they fly so far". I used to save milk weed plants from mowing whenever I could. Thanks 2uesday.

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      I was reading your poetic words looking at the lovely pictures of the butterflies ... then it ended just like that. Only joking it was a good read. thanks Micky

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thanks again Monarch. I'll be over your way soon.

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      this was lovely....! nice imagery too...I like how you called it a 'monarch'...

      truly enjoyed this...

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Peace Ralwus Bro!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Splat! Poor things anyway. this was pretty awesome as a tribute to these wonderful creatures. Simply amazing creatures! Great job in the writing and so witty in the ending. Thanks for sharing. Peace, CC

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you Itakins. PW is a good link to link to. Thanks

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      itakins 7 years ago from Irl

      I love this -just a beautiful tribute to a beautiful creature-great to see you linking with Peggy W.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Thank you PDH for visiting. Your words are always appreciated. I'm cold when I ride but warm enough inside. Can't wait for spring. Thank you.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      lovely and nice photos, your trademark, I like it when you write poetry, hope your ok too, Maita

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      OK Micky Dee. Happy to do it! Will take care of it now. Glad that you like that idea of linking hubs.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I do and will link mine to you. Yours is vry informative!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Nice poetry and super photos. Would like to link this to my hub about Butterflies galore... if you don't mind. Let me know if you like that idea.

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      chrismarva 7 years ago

      Bug,bug,bug,nice.