I was much encouraged to see my first Monarch butterfly in two years on the last day of summer, but over the next two weeks it stayed around, and at least one more arrived. They particularly liked our Butterfly Bush, the Buddleia. I was very glad to get a few more pictures, and hope that next year we have even more.
It simply kept fluttering from blossom to blossom, and I was able to get several good pictures like this one.
But it didn't want to sit with its wings open much, so this was my vest shot showing the deep orange of the upper wings.
And at least for a while there were two Monarchs fluttering around, but they would not pose nicely together. This was the best I could do to prove there were two!
The plight of the Monarchs leaves me with a lot more questions than answers, but I was very glad to see these ones at least before summer ended.
Meanwhile, an early first frosty that killed off the tender squash leaves two nights ago means that fall has definitely arrived, just as the calendar suggests.