This Monarch Butterfly Was Not Ready For Its Closeup
So yesterday I was out in the front garden when I spied a Monarch Butterfly on the Rose Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata). This was the third Monarch sighting of the year, not including some caterpillars on the Butterflyweed (A. tuberosa).
Judy usually takes the pictures of the garden, but she was busy, so I rushed inside and grabbed the camera myself. The Monarch seemed unusually skittish, unfortunately. Even a small movement on my part seemed to set her off flying round and round. She always ended up back on the Rose Milkweed, though.
The Rose Milkweed has buds but no blooms at the moment, but the Monarch seemed to be focused on the buds. I’d like to think she (assuming it was a she) was laying eggs, but I couldn’t find any. To be honest, I’ve never actually seen any butterfly eggs in the garden, though I didn’t exactly know what to look for.
Anyway I hope she wasn’t getting frustrated because I kept hovering around trying to take pictures. Was the butterfly wishing that I would go away so she could lay her eggs in peace? Guess I’ll never know.
This year has gotten off to a fairly slow start, butterfly-wise. Normally we don’t see many Monarchs until August, so I can’t complain (yet) as far as that goes. Otherwise all I’ve seen are some Red Admirals and Eastern Commas. And Cabbage Whites, though I really don’t feel that they count. If we called them by a different name, would they be more exciting? How about “Brassica Ecru Butterflies”?
No Swallowtails yet, which is disappointing.
Anyway, I did manage to get some decent Monarch photos, but it wasn’t easy. Anyone have any tips on taking butterfly photographs?