UPDATE! It's not a Monarch, it's a Viceroy! Thanks to Sheri at Willow House Chronicles for pointing out my boo-boo. I'm excited because I have not knowingly seen on of these before. Now I've looked at pics, I can tell the difference between a Viceroy and a Monarch.
It's funny because I thought there was something different about it the whole time I was photographing it, but I just figured it was vibrant and newly-hatched. In fact, it's a whole other butterfly! Oh well, I'm still a Monarch fan. :)
The exquisite and aptly-named Monarch. I followed this one around with my macro lens yesterday. Its wings were so perfect and brightly-coloured that it must have been recently-hatched.
Close up, the wings look like a chalk pastel drawing to me.
I finish these little critters particularly hard to photograph. They seem more easily-spooked than some other butterflies. They see me coming from a mile away and take off. Happily, this one was so busy on the sedum that it let me get really close.
Gorgeous, exquisite and endangered. Want to help a bit? Grow milkweed.
Sharing the bounty with honeybee.
My sedums are absolutely crawling with honeybees right now. It's one of the few yummy things left for them at this time of year and they go crazy for it. Plant sedum in your garden if you want to help out honeybees in fall!
See how many bees you can count. Today there are even more out there!
Here's to our wonderful pollinator friends.