Monarch majesty

Yesterday, I alluded to the fact that the Monarch continue to be regular visitors to the garden.

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It’s not every day, like it was, but at least every other day, there’s one or two flitting through.

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The love the butterfly bush the most, but they flit about a lot of other flowers too, like the hollyhock above.

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I also recently learned how to tell the difference between a male and female. Above is the female. Below is the male.

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You can tell the male by the two black spots on his hind wing. Can’t see them?

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Neat eh?

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Here’s another male!

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And now you’ve learned something new!

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And for extra credit: The above White Cabbage Butterfly is a male. Below is the female.

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How can you tell? The male has one white dot on his upper wing, the female has two!

7 thoughts on “Monarch majesty

  1. Araignee

    Those cabbage butterflies are not so cute when you’re trying to grow vegetables. Their babies can eat up a whole crop overnight. They used to drive Daddio crazy. We tried tenting. We tried everything. They are very clever creatures.

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  2. Shirley

    Beautiful photos and I am sure your flower gardens are a great stop for the butterflies. I had no idea how to determine the sex of the butterflies. Simple to see when you pointed it out.

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  3. Jocelyn Ahlers

    So beautiful! And I did learn something new 🙂 We had a fantastic Painted Lady migration this year, and I keep wondering if they’ll come back through in the fall – so many things I don’t know about butterflies (although I did learn that the Painted Ladies fly up to 35 mph – who knew?).

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