A Monarch Butterfly!
What a beauty, the wings are like stained glass. You do know about the Monarch butterfly, don't you? On the West coast, they migrate to the Southern coast of California and on the East Coast, they fly all the way to Mexico, up to 3000 miles! One decided to stop at Arabia Mountain late in the day on Saturday, Richard and I took photos of this beautiful butterfly just before dark. It made me think: How late have you ever seen a butterfly? I can't think how late in the day I have seen them but certainly not at dusk! If you were flying over all these beautiful yellow daisies, wouldn't you want to stop too? Richard and I were so happy to see this butterfly, we have only seen pictures of it, we have never seen one in Georgia! We stalked it for quite a while trying to take photos, but all were blurry but this last one was one that I took and it turned out to be the clearest of them all. (This is a very FAST flying butterfly, trust me!) The monarch butterfly larvae only eat milkweed and I have read that there are folks who are trying to grow milkweed in Georgia so as to have monarch butterflies in this state. If you would like to read more about the monarch butterfly you may read about them here. And also, here.
The Monarch butterfly knew a good meal when she saw one! And Richard and I think it might be a female from the photos that we have studied. If anyone knows for sure, we would love to know if we are correct.
I was most excited to see some wonderful photos of a Monarch butterfly from Jim's blog from Nova Scotia. Please have a look at his photos at his blog: Ocean Breezes It was a cooler day in Canada and I think the Monarch didn't move quite as much as the one that we saw in hot Georgia! We still have our hummingbirds, we even saw them today during a very rainy day in Georgia, we think we must have gotten at least 2 inches of rain, so no Arabia Mountain for us today. Never mind, we saw a Monarch on top of the mountain on Saturday, and she was quite majestic!