FINALLY! I was mowing the lawn after work, and finally saw a Monarch. It’s certainly possible that there have been others before him, but I didn’t see them, and the milkweed in the bed is going to hell in a handbasket (the stuff that pops up in the lawn is fine!), but the only things eating it are the goddamned milkweed beetles. Anyway, it’s a bad photo because I didn’t want to get too close and scare him, or chase him around the yard, but he’s here, and I told him to go perch on a tall flower and call some ladies. I hope he was listening.
Somewhat less pretty, but really very interesting! Soldier flies do not fuck around. Green stuff is tonight’s grass clippings, and the black stuff is from last week. They got busy and broke that down in a hurry!
Edit: I forgot this guy. Well, girl. The plant is milkweed, but the bug is not!