Danaus plexippus- Monarch Butterfly
While I was admiring and photographing the the Red Admiral butterflies in my garden a Danaus plexippus landed right next to them on one of the remaining poppy flowers in my garden. This Monarch Butterfly landed for a few seconds allowing me to capture a couple of shots of it before it took off.
I first noticed a dark shadow out of the corner of my eye and then it was there right in front of me. It was as if it was taunting me and saying "This is what a real butterfly looks like!" before it fluttered off into another garden.
This morning I got up early hoping to catch a few more butterflies but I only noticed the shadow out of the corner of my eye and by the time I spotted where it was it had decided to go off somewhere else.
I know Monarchs aren't uncommon but this is the first time I've seen them stop in my garden even if for a few seconds. Next year I plan to add a lot more plants that will give them a reason to stay a little longer in my garden.
You can read more about them on the Wikipedia page for Monarch Butterflies.