The first Monarch Butterflies of the year were spotted in our garden back in June. However, they were loners who made a brief appearance and then were seen no more. It’s only been in the last week or so that we’ve seen a pair of Monarchs maintain a consistent presence. Or maybe it’s been multiple pairs replacing each other.
Either way, for the last week or so Monarchs have been a consistent presence in our garden. Now I’m hoping that their numbers increase.
There have been other butterflies, with Black Swallowtails making daily appearances for a few weeks now. We’ve also had occasional Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, Red Admirals, Sulphurs, Skippers, and Checkerspots.
No photos, though – except for the Monarchs and the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
The Monarchs have been feeding on a variety of flowers. They seem fond of Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum), Bee Balm (Monarda didyma), Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa), Cutleaf Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata); and Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum).
Zinnias are also popular. Most years their favorite annual is Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia). However, this year my Tithonias are late to bloom. That should change within a week or so.
Have you been seeing many butterflies in your garden so far this year?