Monarch Sighting


Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)

This was my first local Monarch sighting this summer, not in my garden, rather at a nearby community shopping area.  This gorgeous Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) was spotted mid-day today dining from a streetside planter, Southern Village, Chapel Hill, NC.

I am not sure what this little pink flower is that has caught the butterfly’s undivided attention. [Thanks to Kris for identifying this flower as Gomphrena globosa ‘Fireworks’.] In the background is a mix of various colors of Angelonia and Tradescantia pallida ‘Purpurea’ (Purple Heart).

Watch the video to see the lovely wingspread. [Thanks to Eliza for noting insect is a male: black spots on hind wings and thinner webbing.]

25 thoughts on “Monarch Sighting

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Suzanne. That was a pretty planter. Guess the monarch liked it a lot. Loved watching the wings opening and closing and was glad the video turned out.

  1. bittster

    Such a beautiful color. It’s so nice seeing these bits of nature in the middle of busy areas, I wish more places around here would make an effort.


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