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franslanting

Frans Lanting National Geographic Photographer || Author || Speaker || Creator of images, stories and events to inspire wonder and concern about our living planet. http://lanting.com/prints/
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@franslanting - Frans Lanting | Photos by @FransLanting When a rare snowstorm hit the mountains in Mexico where Monarch butterflies had gathered for the winter, millions of them lost their grip and were knocked down to the ground. The entire forest floor was covered in lifeless butterflies, but after the storm passed and temperatures rose, many of them miraculously came back to life. They raised their body temperature by quivering their wings as you can see in these photos. After a while millions of trembling Monarchs were able to slowly crawl up tree trunks with wings spread like solar panels to soak up heat so they could get back to their favorite roosting spots high off the ground. It was an amazing sight, but it also confirmed how vulnerable they are—to weather and to gaps in the forest caused by illegal logging which disturbs the microclimate they need to hibernate. Stay tuned for more survival stories of the natural kind. @ChristineEckstrom @ThePhotoSociety @NatGeoCreative @XercesSociety #Butterfly #Monarch #Endangered #CenterforBiodiv #Monarch_Watch #Migration 
#wonder #amazing
Photos by @franslanting when a rare snowstorm hit the mountains in mexico where monarch butterflies had gathered for the winter, millions of them lost their grip and were knocked down to the ground. the entire forest floor was covered in lifeless butterflies, but after the storm passed and temperatures rose, many of them miraculously came back to life. they raised their body temperature by quivering their wings as you can see in these photos. after a while millions of trembling monarchs were able to slowly crawl up tree trunks with wings spread like solar panels to soak up heat so they could get back to their favorite roosting spots high off the ground. it was an amazing sight, but it also confirmed how vulnerable they are—to weather and to gaps in the forest caused by illegal logging which disturbs the microclimate they need to hibernate. stay tuned for more survival stories of the natural kind. @christineeckstrom @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @xercessociety #butterfly #monarch #endangered #centerforbiodiv #monarch_watch #migration
#wonder #amazing
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vscodeklansor_flower
@vscodeklansor_flower Nice 👏👏👏
vscodeklansor_flower
@vscodeklansor_flower Beautiful 👏👏👏👍💕
millzjames
@millzjames Beautiful, thank you for your documentation. i live in new england/southern vermont and for a few years they weren't making it up here. so glad to see them return last summer. just like my hummingbird friends. love it
icandi_lifestyle
@icandi_lifestyle How absolutely incredible. such a beautiful post to share. thank you, thank you, thank you. 💛🦋💛
myra_moretti
@myra_moretti @carinita_p butterflies 🦋
natuaragonese
@natuaragonese @c.pozob regalito❤️
mariluloss
@mariluloss Nossa quantas borboletas 😱
ladykathy62
@ladykathy62 Amazing shots
cppwheeler
@cppwheeler Spectacular colors, such perseverance 🐛
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