Monarch Butterfly Ready For Its Close Up

So just yesterday I posted that I was seeing only one Monarch per day in mid-September. As if in response to a customer complaint, Monarch Central seems to have dispatched four Monarchs to ensure that I don’t feel neglected. These were displaying themselves in the front garden when I first opened the door.

Shortly afterwards Judy came back from her book club and decided to shoot some video. She is still getting used to the video function on her camera, especially the manual focus (she has found the auto focus to be unsatisfactory).

Anyway, here are a couple of short videos she made. I like that they give you a good idea on how the Monarchs look when they are feeding. An odd thing, though, is how my quiet neighborhood sounds like it is right next to a highway.

The Bumblebees also get into the act, but that’s fine. Cinema verite!

33 Comments on “Monarch Butterfly Ready For Its Close Up”

  1. I really enjoyed the videos – I have had little success/patience with the video function on my camera, so am very impressed Judy! The Tithonia are like orange landing pads for the pollinators here too, but your Monarch butterfly is perfectly coordinated to the orange flowers. Beautiful!

  2. Wonderful footage Judy! I tried to shoot a video yesterday, it’s tricky to do. That must of been magical to open your front door and find them performing so beautifully. And they waited for Judy to come home too, very obliging wildlife you have.

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