Butterflies have become scarce with Sept. arriving, but Monarchs seem to have had a really good summer. We've seen quite a few over the past two months, but the Butterfly Bush that's out in the sunny part of the garden here has pretty well dried up.
However, there's a second Butterfly Bush in a shadier spot by the frogpond that has come in bloom. I was there watching the frogs today (they seem to have been very active the past few days, up to 10 at a time), and a dark flutter caught my eye.
It was not one but two Monarch butterflies, and I did manage a picture or two.
It's been alternately sunny and rainy today, but the timing was good. No rain when I wanted to be outside, but a heavy downpour as soon as I came in for lunch. Out again later, and the rain came again as soon as I went in for dinner.