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Monarchs (?) mating
Another one for the bug love pages! I took a series of photos of this mating pair last night in my backyard, just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. They seemed to be enjoying the scotch pine! I am not sure if these are Monarchs, although they don’t seem like any of the other similar species I’ve looked at (Viceroys, Queens). The one with opened wings (the male, I assume) does not have as much black veining as other Monarchs I’ve seen, and the one with closed wings did not have the orange/red colouration on the underside like others I’ve seen. Can you confirm if these are Monarchs, or something else? There are so many in my yard this year.
Elizabeth

Hi Elizabeth,
These are most definitely mating Monarch Butterflies.

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