Dreamy Monarchs and the Workhorse Ageratum
Well, it seems that I've been proven wrong. Last week as my friend Penny and I were pulling into my driveway I spotted a large orange butterfly on the ageratum. I remember shouting out "Look I think there is a monarch on the ageratum!" From that distance I thought perhaps my eyes were playing tricks on me and it was just one of the many gulf fritillaries that have been prancing around our garden all summer and fall. Could it really be a monarch? Much to my surprise as we got closer we confirmed that it was a healthy, male monarch.
I was elated! I spent some time watching it flutter from bloom to bloom while Penny, who had her camera handy, busily took photos. I was afraid that if I ran inside to get my camera the monarch would be gone when I returned. (Does that happen to you too?) I tried taking a photo with my phone but it takes really lousy photos and I finally broke down and got my camera.
And am I glad I did! The deep orange of the monarch against the true blue of the blooms makes a dreamy combination.
|Fiery skipper & Monarch butterflies on ageratum|
|Long-tailed skipper on ageratum|
|Long-tailed skipper butterfly (Urbanus proteus)|
|Fiery skipper feasting on blue mist flower|
|Fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus)|
|American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)|
|Common buckeye butterfly (Junonia coenia)|