ISO 800, f/6.3, 1/160s, 18-55mm lens
Our 5th Monarch butterfly emerged this morning. She was waiting for us when we got up. Especially since we've all been sleeping in lately. *ahem* Must get back on schedule soon! Anyway, I took her out first thing and placed her on these flowers/weeds, since most of my other flowers are withering from lack of rain.
Her wings were still wet and a bit weak, so she wasn't ready to fly away yet. I couldn't get a photo of her with her wings open unless she was in my hand. So there you go ... proof that she's a female.
Oh, and I found another little caterpillar last night while on the bike trail!
For those of you who might be new here and are wondering about my obsession with Monarch caterpillars/butterflies and milkweed (the caterpillars' food), we successfully raised 34 Monarch butterflies last summer and are hoping to raise more this summer. Here's a post that contains a photobook that I made once we were all done with our butterflies last year.
After I made the photobook I found out how to tell the males and females apart, so most of my pronouns are incorrect. I wasn't going to go back and change them. It is what it is. I learn something new about them almost continually, so the mistakes in the book are all just part of my journey.
Also, how do you like the bigger pictures? Are they too big? Since I changed my blog, I noticed that I had more space on the sides, so I decided to try bigger photos. But if you don't care for them that big, please let me know. Thanks!