first monarch sighting
I just spotted this monarch butterfly in my garden–yay! It flit from bloodflower to milkweed to coneflower and back. I couldn’t tell if it was male or female (not easy to do!), but I am hoping it was a female.
A tiger swallowtail butterfly visited the butterfly bush last week. I can count on my two hands the number of butterflies I’ve seen this summer–it’s discouraging. But I know there are plenty of other gardeners like me who are trying to provide food sources and safe havens. I hope what we are doing is enough to make a difference.