I was in the garden
minding my business stalking bees and butterflies when I noticed two monarchs flying around. When they both landed on a butterfly bush, I went over to check them out and take some pictures.
After watching them for a bit. I turned around to ask John a question and imagine my surprise when I turned back around and spotted this!
I yelled the monarchs are mating! to John and proceeded to give them zero privacy. But they didn’t seem to mind.
You know I almost died from the excitement of monarchs mating RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME, IN MY GARDEN, ON MY BUTTERFLY BUSH. I took a zillion pictures and even a video (which I’m not sharing because there wasn’t any movement and all you can hear is me babbling about monarchs “doing it” because I’m mature like that).
Of course, in the middle of all this excitement, a hummingbird moth stopped by. It’s been a great year in the garden for these moths. While I don’t spot them daily, I have seen them a few times a week.
How does this story end? Hopefully there are monarch eggs on the milkweed in the garden. Time will tell!