To help with the Nature Conservancy Of Canada five nation; "Bioblitz" we spent some time in Arboretum identifying species ... this was one of the stars. Their caterpillars grow on wild violets on the edges of woodland.
Monarch Butterfly Monarch's exploit many plants, not only milkweed. This specimen had just been laying eggs on milkweed leaves and had moved over to this Echinacea to stocky up on nectar.
Red Admiral Butterfly Vanessa atalanta - I used to wonder why "Admiral" in the name; apparently they used to be called Red Admirables and the rest was inevitable.
Monarch Butterfly Coming in to land on New England Aster flowers - the number of Monarch butterflies have been reduced this year - apparently because of weather problems in central Mexico where they over-winter and then prolonged and cold winds from the north in spring that made sure many never made [...]