Saturday, October 2, 2021

The Monarchs are Back

 

The fall butterfly exhibit opened up last Saturday at the Desert Botanical Garden.  Since I went for my walk on Friday, I missed it by a day so I went Wednesday afternoon just to see the exhibit.  It turned out to be the perfect time.  The traffic in the pavilion was very light.  Once again, the monarchs were mingled with a few other butterflies.

There were quite a few of these white ones the day I was there.  I think these are called Wood Whites but I'm not sure.  

There were plenty of Zebra Longwings as there are almost every year.  I understand these are common in the southeastern states.  


There were also quite a few White Peacocks who seemed to be particularly drawn the the bright colored flowers.  


Just outside of the pavilion is a children's play area and I noticed this cute fence has been added to that area.  That's a monarch caterpillar climbing on that sign.

There weren't as many monarchs as I've seen in the past.  I'll have to go again to see if I can see more.  I'll avoid a weekend visit and try for another afternoon visit soon.


10 comments:

Andy said...

Excellent photography of beautiful creatures. Well done Sharon.

biebkriebels said...

You have different beautiful butterflies there!

Travel said...

Pretty, there where white butterflies on the farm when I was a child, I can't remember the last time I saw one

bill said...

The butterflies are beautiful to see. I love the monarch caterpillar walking over the sign.

Catarina said...

The only ones that visit my garden are the white ones.
The monarch migration usually starts in October. I wonder if they took off earlier this year. :)

Steve Reed said...

Clearly not a REAL monarch caterpillar. LOL

The white butterflies look a lot like our cabbage whites. They must be a relative.

RedPat said...

They are all so beautiful. The Monarchs seem to have all left from here as I haven't seen any for a couple of weeks now.

Allison said...

Beautiful photos! I love the peach face lovebirds. They've done such a good job of spreading while being a non-native species. They're so dang cute, I think people don't mind them. At least they don't build colony nests on power poles the way Monk parakeets do. The Phoenix garden is really a gift, it's just wonderful in there. Blue Flames are one of my favorite agaves.

William Kendall said...

These are beauties.

Gemel said...

Stunning.