It's been a tough year for butterflies. I was excited to spot this lovely yelllow swallowtail this morning as I was deadheading my butterfly bushes, and saddened to see he has a tail missing and a tear in his right wing.
The other day I saw a blue and black swallowtail with a big portion of one wing missing. He batted his wings excessively and I coudn't get a clear picture. I guessed he had to do that to fly.
The monarch was on the zinnias this afternoon, along with a dozen bees. Monarchs are common, but their beauty is still admirable.