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 a treasure for the butterflies and their admirers.  Also in this gallery, is a rare event of crows having a feast on the lofty suntanning insects.

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Predators usually leave the monarch off their menu.  Because of the insect’s diet on milkweed, which is toxic to birds, it gets an edge on survival and is typically left alone.  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.