This Monarch arrived early in the morning just as the sun was getting up into the sky and it took a relaxed tour of my echinacea. Since I am teaching myself to use the manual settings on my camera, it was nice to have a cooperative subject.
I love how the body polka-dots coordinate with the design on the outer edges of the wings. Reminds me of a woman dressed to kill with matching scarf and shoes!
Finally, a look at the whole package.
Look how the sunlight shines right through some places on the wings.
The butterfly hung around the coneflowers for a long time, allowing the clumsy left-handed photographer plenty of time to shoot. Unlike other butterflies that dart around frantically, the Monarch can afford a leisurely float from flower to flower since it tastes terrible and predators avoid it.
I hope he(she) stays all summer. I planted a second butterfly bush, some more butterfly weed, lobelia, flocks, snapdragons and a trumpet vine to entice the Lepidoptera to visit. These same flowers will also bring in a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds later in July. (I hope.)
Today's Thought -
Thank you God for this Monarch Butterfly, decorating my garden with elegant symmetry.