Monarchs are always linked to milkweed in my mind, and these big butterflies were around in force:
Are those some gorgeous velvety wings or what? And how about those spots!
A Black Swallowtail was showing off its large wings from above:
I'm not exactly sure what species of Sulphur this is (genus Colias, either a Clouded or Orange Sulphur), but either way, it's very pretty:
This Common Buckeye was quite dazzling, flashing those big eyespots:
But it became much more demure when it closed its wings:
This Painted Lady, on the other hand, was pretty enough with its wings open:
But my goodness, I cannot get over the fantastic intricacy of this creature's wings when they're closed:
So now I know that when I have a house someday, I will have to make sure there's milkweed all around!