Orange and purple go well together.
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Soothing colors in these images! We have been seeing more monarch activity in the last week. For some reason I notice more monarchs in the slough area of the property. I wonder if they prefer wetland areas? Still, I’m prone to seeing them hanging all over in the lower branches of the woodland trees in the early mornings during the migration season. They’re always a delightful sight!
I do see them in a variety of environments here so cannot say what they prefer. I can’t imagine how it must be to have them “hanging” around the property. It’s unusual to see more than two or three at a time although some FB friends have reported seeing dozens in a local meadow. Guess where I’ll go today? No guarantee they’ll be there but worth a try.
Last evening we took the buggy path to the slough and counted more than twenty monarchs just a short way into the willow tree area. There was one other year where we saw numbers of them in the trees, and no particular tree at that. I hope we continue to see them as they migrate through. Good luck on spotting more of these beauties in your neck of the woods!
That’s great that you have numbers like that. I guess the species is holding its own now, I saw a few more this morning.
I have seen several in my garden that will be heading to Mexico.
It must be wonderful to be in their migration path.
Pristine and ready to go. Thanks, Eliza!
Fantastic views from both above and the side! The intricate dark outlines make the colours appear like stained glass.
They are beautiful creatures. Thanks, Peter.
It’s always great getting to see these beautiful butterflies.
I am really envious of the others who have commented that they live along the migration route and see numbers of these I can only dream about, Todd. But at least we are in their summer range so see a few every year.
Very nice Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!
It’s always a treat to see monarchs, but I especially like to see them on purple blooms–such a nice combination!
It is a nice combination for sure. Our asters are late bloomers so I guess they are tanking up for the long trip ahead. It is just amazing that such small creatures can make their incredibly long migration.
The purple glow on the butterfly in the second photo’s especially pretty. I’ve started seeing them while at work. They’re not averse to crossing bodies of water, and there have been times at the marinas I’ve counted as many as two dozen an hour.
That should make your work a little more enjoyable with Monarchs flitting about…as long as one doesn’t decide to rest in wet varnish.
As far as I can tell Monarchs have no purple scales so I guess it was from the flash or maybe somehow reflected off the asters. I spent too much time viewing images on BugGuide looking for at least one with a hint but there are none. It does dress her up a bit.
I’ve seen photos where yellow or green from other plants has reflected onto the primary subject, so it makes sense that purple could do it, too.
I think that your suggestion of a reflection is most likely right on point. What made me question it was that the flowers were behind the butterfly but there were others to the side so that was probably the source.
WOW! What an impressive beauty!
They are gorgeous butterflies and a real treat to have visiting us. Their numbers appear to be on the rebound although still threatened.
I’m glad that their numbers are increasing – hope that continues!
Excellent shots of the Monarchs on the Asters, I got some shots like that of Monarchs over the years too.
Thank you, Shawn. Fortunately it seems we will continue to be able to photograph them into the future.
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