This gorgeous Monarch Butterfly paid a recent visit to our Butterfly Bush.
I know they are suppose to be fairly common, but it was my first time seeing one with a camera in hand, so I was thrilled.
The royal name is fitting for this lovely creature as her beauty is truly majestic.
This one was more interested in feasting than in basking, so she kept her wings close together most of the time. The only opportunity I had to get a picture of the top side of her wings (like the one below) was when I could catch her in the midst of a wing flutter or coming in for a landing on a blossom – hence the blur!
I find their colors and markings stunning, but their legs are a little creepy!
You would think that the bright colors would make these butterflies easy prey, but they have a pretty cool method of self-protection – they feed on milkweed, which contains toxins that don’t harm the Monarch but that make it unappealing to predators hoping for a tasty treat.
I am having a blast taking pictures of the butterflies this summer. I feel like a kid in a candy shop when I go outside and see one flitting about the flowers.