Today was a big release day for Monarch Butterflies. We released a total of 6 Monarchs today. We also found a Monarch and Gulf Fritillary feeding on the Mexican Flame Vine.
My plan was to place each of the 6 Monarchs on this Cherry Blossom and take a few pictures. Of course that plan failed miserably as soon as we took the Butterflies out of the enclosure, they flew away. All but this one, who took a few moments to warm up before flying away.
While I was taking a moments to water our plants I noticed a Gulf Fritillary and a Monarch Butterfly feeding on the Mexican Flame Vine.
This female Monarch looks like she was attacked by something, likely a bird, as a significant part of her wing is missing. Despite the partial loss of her wing, it didn’t seem to hinder her flying to any degree, and she should have nice weather for most of the week.
You’ll notice that the tops of the Mexican Flame Vine has some freeze damage. I’m not sure how low the temperature can be before this plant starts to die off. We still have quite a few blooms on the lower branches and all Butterflies tends to be drawn to this plant.