I have been seeing more butterflies in the garden during the past couple of weeks: black swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, monarch. I saw this monarch this morning. I was able to get a good view of the wings and verify that it was a female. (MonarchWatch.org describes how to tell male vs. female.) Because there are no “swollen pouches” (ie, black dots) along the veins of the hindwings, I could tell that it was a female.
Despite missing a significant part of one wing and having tears in the other, she was beautiful and had no trouble getting around–a wonder to watch. She was fond of the Dallas Red lantana and the blood flower (Asclepias curassavica).