Out & About San Diego — #4: Go to an orchid show, come home with….
Three friends and I went to Balboa Park to go to the San Diego Orchid Society’s winter show yesterday. I came home with 132 pictures of orchids, but I also came home with this picture:
That’s a male monarch butterfly. A female would have a little black dot on its wing.
After leaving the orchid show, we went over to the Botanical Building, just a few hundred feet away from where the orchid show was. The Botanical Building was also full of orchids but nothing that we hadn’t already seen at the orchid show.
That beautiful monarch butterfly was sitting outside the entrance to the Botanical Building when we went in. I would have stopped then to take its picture, but there was already a group of photographers waiting their turn. Since I have pictures of monarch butterflies, I decided to skip the monarch line.
When we came out, our monarch was still sitting there but there was no line. So I quickly made a line of one and came home with that picture.
Right next to where the monarch was sitting is a California milkweed (Asclepias californica), which I just identified tonight while writing this post. Monarchs love milkweeds, basically needing them to survive.
During the summer the milkweed is full of monarch caterpillars:
Here is a picture of the flowers of the California milkweed:
Pictures taken by Russel Ray using a Canon 550D and post-processing using Corel PaintShop Pro X4.
Posted on January 22, 2012, in Fauna, Mother & Father Nature, Out & About, Photos and tagged butterfly, caterpillar, corel, milkweed, monarch, out and about, paintshop pro, photos, San Diego. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.