Finally, saw a Monarch for the first time since the summer of 2012.
I just a few minutes ago, saw the first one I have seen all year....flying by after drinking at my echinacea. I have some A tuberosa and A syriaca growing...and an unknown one...will have to look for cats in 2-3 days.
beautiful! just beautiful.
I have not seen any monarchs in my garden this summer... mostly swallowtails. The swallows must stick around longer.
I know monarchs are visiting because I've had caterpillars on my milkweed. Wish they'd stick around so I could get a pretty picture of them. :o)
I have two "lodging" Monarchs in my garden, never far from the Liatris lingulistylis. They have been circling around the yard making fun of the other butterflies (chasing) and nectaring up a storm. I have four 5th instar Monarch cats along with two BST cats (I just lost one :-(>). Haven't seen an AL or an RA for weeks now. But I do see upon occasion the Hummer and the Hummer Moth, along with some Tiger Swallowtails and some RSPs.
Fiery and Common Roadside Skippers really like my Anise Hyssop this season.
Great work, John. Keep it up.