A small number of monarchs usually visit my garden in late October but this year I have been spotting one or two at a time for the past month. They disappeared for a couple of weeks during the long rainy period, then returned with the sun.
For much of today I saw four or five dancing around the large lantana.
There always seemed to be a single monarch sipping nectar from the passalong dahlia by the back steps but the two other dahlias apparently offered no temptation.
A tattered and torn male finally settled atop a seedhead of Monarda didyma (Scarlet Beebalm) for a rest.
The black spot on each hindwing indicates this is a male.