Monarchs and Crow

Here’s a gallery of images from a monarch habitat in Santa Cruz.  Located within a small forest of eucalyptus trees, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this city park is home for full time resident monarch butterflies and a treasure for their admirers.  Also in this gallery is a rare event of a few crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects.

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Predators usually leave the monarch off their menu because as a caterpillar the monarch consumes milkweed which is toxic to birds.  Even as a butterfly their system retains enough toxin that it gives them a distinct survival advantage.  But for some reason, not on this day.  Either this group of crow has not had the pleasure of getting sick from eating monarchs or these monarchs didn’t get enough milkweed in their early stages of life.