Matthias Koch

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Location: Vinezac, France
Nationality: German
Biography: Matthias Koch  ( is an artist and photographer originally from Germany. He lived and worked in Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and France and currently established his basecamp in the South of France. He has no special... read on
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Danaus plexippus
A photo essay inspired by personal observations of the Monarch Butterfly in Mexico and the underlying concept of a multi-generational relation towards existence.

The monarch butterfly or simply monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae) in the family Nymphalidae. Other common names depending on region include milkweedcommon tigerwanderer, and black veined brown. It may be the most familiar North American butterfly, and is considered an iconic pollinator species. Its wings feature an easily recognizable black, orange, and white pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9–10.2 cm.  

The eastern North American monarch population is notable for its annual southward late-summer/autumn migration from the northern and central United States and southern Canada to Florida and Mexico. During the fall migration, monarchs cover thousands of miles, with a corresponding multi-generational return north.

Le Monarque (Danaus plexippus) est une espèce insecte lépidoptère de la famille des Nymphalidae, de la sous-famille des Danainae et du genre Danaus. C'est un papillon migrateur célèbre en Amérique, car il y migre en groupes de millions d'individus sur plus de 4 000 kilomètres1, deux fois par an, d'août à octobre vers le sud (surtout au Mexique), et au printemps vers le nord.

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