I raised some Monarch caterpillars inside as the temperatures went down for winter. I had one Monarch Butterfly hatch today, and an unexpected pleasure to see.
This photo is taken with my cell phone. He doesn’t get released until tomorrow until I see his wings are strong and he is able to survive. I had a bad experience where a praying mantis killed one in the past because he wasn’t able to fly probably. So I make them strong first.
Yes, in the middle of winter in Auckland on a winter sunny day, I sometimes see a Monarch Butterfly in flight.
I never release the Butterflies in the afternoon when it gets colder as the Butterflies fall with the colder temperatures and they die. A free butterfly will take time to shelter inside a bush to shelter it from the cold.
In some parts of New Zealand there will be a tree or bush where the Monarch Butterflies congregate and keep each other warm. I have heard of these places but never seen them yet..
Now I am not a true Macro photographer for I don’t have the equipment to do a proper Macro photo but I use what I have, which today is a cell phone to get what I want to show.