09. December 2017 Queen in December Once again, a Queen butterfly (Danaus gillipus) has been gracing the garden... ...especially Lavender "Goodwin's Creek Gray". Enjoy! :) Weather Diary: Fair; High: 65 F (18 C)/Low: 36 F (2 C); Humidity: 13%-48% Previous Post: In a Vase: Silver and Blue Next Post: In a Circle on Monday tagPlaceholderTags: Write a comment Comments: 10 #1 Kris P (Saturday, 09 December 2017 14:17) That's a butterfly I've never seen here, Amy. What a beauty! #2 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Saturday, 09 December 2017 14:39) I'd never seen them before we moved here, Kris. They are closely related to Monarchs, and I'm hoping they can raise some caterpillars on my milkweed... ;-) #3 Cathy (Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:57) Beautiful! Such lovely photos too Amy! #4 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Monday, 11 December 2017) Yes, such a lovely creature - they don't stay very long at a time, so I think they are migrating through to warmer regions still. So glad I got to get a few photos! Thanks so much, Cathy! #5 David C. (Wednesday, 13 December 2017 20:38) Nice pics, and now I see where our queens all flew off to weeks ago! Only a pale yellow butterfly was seen these past few days, remarkable with a couple mornings at 18-ish! #6 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Sunday, 17 December 2017 11:16) David - Now I know where they come from! ;-) They move through here at intervals during the cooler months, so I think they must be migrating further south where they won't get any winter cold at all! #7 Annette (Tuesday, 19 December 2017 05:25) Hi Amy, you've taken some awesome shots of a true beauty. I looked it up, sadly it can only be found in North and South America. Wonder if they appear in huge flocks like the monarch butterfly? Have a wonderful christmas! Your wreath is delightfull, well done. Off to wreath making tomorrow. Made one with seedheads last year that still look as pretty as on the day I made it. Best wishes and see you again in 2018, Annette #8 Diana Studer (Friday, 22 December 2017) Outstanding pictures - I battle to get fluttering butterflies in focus. #9 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:54) Annette - Oh, I missed your lovely comment ever so long! Bringing my new horses in has been a big distraction! I've never seen the queens flying in large flocks, but I wonder too... I was lucky enough to see hundreds of Monarchs one afternoon, migrating through, but that was when we lived in the Midwest. It was a memory I will never lose. Your seedhead wreath sounds fabulous. I'm thinking dried material would work so well here for wreaths and such! Happy 2018! :) #10 Amy@smallsunnygarden (Sunday, 31 December 2017 15:55) Diana - I was fortunate that she was happy to stay fairly still on the lavender! She was really quite relaxed, enjoying the nectar and sunshine.