Location: Jacksonville FL
January 23, 2012 10:01 am
Found this one in an enclosed patio. After photographing, I set it free.
Sorry for the screen being in the way of the under shot.
You are absolutely correct. Furthermore, your Monarch is a female. The sexes can be distinguished by a the scent scale patches on the lower wings of the male, which appear as a dark spot on the black vein close to the body which is visible in the lower butterfly in this mating pair of Monarchs from our archive. The Monarch is also known as a Milkweed Butterfly. Monarchs are famous for their seasonal migrations and places like Pismo Beachhave turned Monarch roosting locations into tourist attractions.