Although slightly out-of-focus, this is an interesting shot with a little photobomber bee coming in from the left, and a red milkweed beetle hiding among the flowers on the right.
This morning, while waiting for my bagel and coffee order at the River Birch Cafe, I stepped outside to revisit the same patch of milkweeds where I had seen the butterfly. I didn't see any signs of my friend, but I found something just as good: a sign that the circle of life was still turning.
This is literally the first Monarch Butterfly caterpillar that I've seen in more than a decade! From the looks of the size of this munchkin, it won't be long before it's ready to metamorphose.
Here's to hoping that they manage to survive the sixth great extinction!