08. November 2016 The Arrival of Royalty The lantana is full of butterflies now. Monarchs (Danaus plexippus)... ...and Queens (Danaus gilippus) have arrived for the winter season. There is much fluttering and feeding, pairing, and general rejoicing in the sunshine. Previous Post: In a Vase: Three Times Three Next Post: In a Vase: The Red Roses tagPlaceholderTags: photography, lantana, autumn2016, butterfly Comments: 8 (Discussion closed) #1 Derek Grant (Tuesday, 08 November 2016 23:38) Breathtaking images......! #2 Cathy (Wednesday, 09 November 2016 01:51) These photos are fabulous Amy! So lovely to see such a beautiful creature among all your colour and sunshine, while here it is freezing point and foggy! :) #3 Kris P (Wednesday, 09 November 2016 12:29) Beautiful! We seem to be outside the Monarchs flight path now - I've seen very few the last couple of years. #4 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 10 November 2016 09:57) Thank you very much, Derek :) It was wonderful to be out among all that moving color... #5 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 10 November 2016 09:59) Thanks so much, Cathy! This is such a beautiful season here - I hope it warmed your day a little bit ;-) #6 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:03) Kris - I've been relieved to see plenty coming in here, as I've seen other people mention seeing very few this summer. I wonder whether migration patterns have shifted a little...? At any rate, I planted a desert milkweed a couple of months ago - hoping to encourage them to raise a generation or two while they're here...! #7 Diana Studer (Saturday, 12 November 2016 15:15) Magnificent pictures and delightful to know that your plants are supporting the butterflies. #8 Amy@Smallsunnygarden (Sunday, 13 November 2016 14:51) Diana - So glad you enjoyed them! It has been lovely to watch the butterflies able to come into this otherwise very lean area.