This is the female monarch I released yesterday. I have never seen a monarch with coloration like this, she is unique. She was not touched or smudged, this is her natural coloring. As a caterpillar she looked normal. She popped out of her chrysalis when I was not looking. That is ok because she was the one caterpillar out of the three that I got the photo when she changed from caterpillar to chrysalis 9 days earlier. She let me finger transfer her to a flower and posed with her wings open long enough for me to get about 4 shots, then she flew to the roof of the house.
Female Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
Red Pentas (Pentas sp)