Monarch majesty

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


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


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


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


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


Neat eh?


Here’s another male!


And now you’ve learned something new!


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


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.


  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.


  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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