One of the wonderful things about retaining the few healthy existing trees/shrubs and planting a soil-enriching crop cover whilst prepping up our garden for new planting has been watching the insects and birds coming to visit. The monarchs have decided to visit often, which is a real delight! I found this beautiful old lady (identifiable as female by the lack of hindwing patches) lying on the ground and thought that perhaps she was dead; however, she gamely fluttered onto my husband's gallant finger for a ride to the safety of a sheltered shrub from where she disappeared after a warm dry rest. Perhaps we will see her descendants visiting our expanded garden next spring!
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