Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

catching blood





Two fawns.




The doe is now herding a family of 5 little ones. It’s almost a herd. There’s a three year old, 2 two year olds and 2 fawns and the mother doe.







The Monarch coming out of its chrysalis.





It pumps a pool of blood from the abdomen into the wings.





We put out a white sheet of paper to catch the extra blood expelled after the wings are pumped full. There were only two drops of extra blood this time.


4 responses

  1. Wow! I didn’t know that! Amazing stuff and what a great capture with your camera! Well done!

    August 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for the kind words. I’ve loved learning more about the process every year.

      August 14, 2011 at 11:28 am

  2. mewithmycamera

    i didn’t know that about butterflies. nice shots!

    August 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks so much. I didn’t realize how it worked either until I saw blood in the bottom of the jar and panicked a bit thinking something was wrong with the butterfly. You can really see the butterfly pump its body to get the blood out to the wings… so cool.

      August 14, 2011 at 11:31 am


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