Las Cruces, NM
Oct. 4, 2008
My cousin's yard is full of native wildflowers which the butterflies just love. The night before I took this photo, his daughter showed me a "Monarch" butterfly wing she had found. I said it looked very small and dark to be a monarch wing. The next morning the mystery was solved when I saw these butterflies in the garden. They are Queen butterflies and they are in the same genus as Monarchs. They are a bit smaller and the scales are more brown than orange. I was amazed at the number of butterflies we saw in the garden. I was in "butterfly heaven"! My camera got quite a workout that morning! The butterfly in the middle foreground is a male, his pheremone spot can be seen on the bottom wing.