On July 4th, I took a trip to a sunny, milkweed-covered hilltop in Newbury, Massachusetts. There were glorious numbers of butterflies, including this Monarch pair:

I saw dozens of Monarchs, 8-10 Painted Ladies, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, several hairstreak and skipper species… the hilltop was alive with beautiful insects.
Hilltops are always great spots to find butterflies, but the combination of the location with the sea of blooming milkweed made for quite a show.


11 thoughts on “Monarchs

  1. Beautiful, Tom! Love the mirror image qualty of it. You paint a lovely scene of that hilltop, too. A place where you cannot help but feel blessed by the touch of Mother Nature!

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