While perusing patches of the pretty plants on a perambulatory path past the garden, behold: a panoply (one could almost say, a plethora) of precious and precocious Monarch cats were perceived primarily plumping up on the leaves of the Mexican, or Tropical Milkweed. Those are the patches of Milkweed sporting red and orange clusters of flowers. The other species of Milkweed aren't hosting many cats this year so far; at least not as many as last year at this time.
With this influx of cats, there should be a corresponding increase in winged adults calling Alta Laguna Park home for this season. Already, I've spotted at least two different adults lingering about, plus the honor of watching a newly emerged Monarch absorbing warmth from the sun as it perched quietly on a Milkweed branch, by the chrysalid shell it once was housed in.
The photo to the left is a picture of a yellow phased Sulfur cat taken by Barbara Brown with her luscious iPhone 4s. Compliments to Barbara for submitting such a fine shot.