Monday, July 11, 2016
The First Monarch Butterfly of This Summer
Arrived today. Monarch butterflies visit my garden every summer, possibly because I have plants from the milkweed family, many suitable weeds and lots of flowers with nectar. Well, the weeds have flowers.
So I thought that I'd get the certificate for being an innkeeper for the Monarchs. But that's not what the certificate is for; it's for making the inn and then trying to lure the travelers in. In any case I love them.
But when I saw the first Monarch caterpillar some years ago
I thought I had accidentally eaten magical mushrooms.
It was a rainy summer morning, I had been up late the previous night, and I really needed that first cup of coffee I was sipping when I went outside, only to come face to face with a tiger-snake! The caterpillar was huge. And striped black and yellow.
In other news, I have been under the weather, which explains the not-writing business. Something should be finished by tomorrow. I'm sure you are happy to hear that. Heh.
PS: I ran after the butterfly with my cell phone, trying to catch its selfie, but to no avail.