Double Monarch Butterfly

The Buena Vista Grasslands just south of Stevens Point, Wisconsin is a great place to find butterflies. These two had spent the night on a bull thistle and had not warmed up enough in the early morning light to take flight as I approached. The pre-sunrise dawn provided a neutral back drop and an off camera flash was positioned to the right and a little above.

The location is along Taft Avenue within Prairie Chicken habitat. The grasslands is a broad expanse of flat land extending about 20 miles south.  The Green Bay Lobe of the Wisconsin Glaciation extended to within 2 miles of this location. Runoff from the melt water contained great quantities of sediment that was deposited over the future grasslands and leveled the terrain.

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