I’ve missed having monarchs (Danaus plexippus) in the yard this summer, and was delighted to see one nectaring on our Joe-Pye weed (Eupatoriaum fistulosum) recently. However, I didn’t have the camera and didn’t manage to document it.
Later in the day I managed to photograph this monarch on the non-native Annual or Tropical Milkweed (Ascelipas curassavica). It seemed to be glad for the source of nectar.
I’ve also been quite pleased to hear of several other recent sightings of adult butterflies, eggs and caterpillars in the area. Are you seeing any monarchs near you?