Aww yes the life of the male Monarch Butterfly.
Male monarch butterflies are distinguished from the females by a black spot that the males have on each hindwing. Butterflies will begin mating within 3-8 days after emerging from the chrysalis. If born in early- or mid-summer, the butterfly will live for between two and six weeks, focusing on reproduction while feeding from the nectar of blossoming flowers. Adults that emerge late in summer will live considerably longer – between 6 and 9 months – as they must migrate to wintering grounds in Mexico and California.
Monarch butterfly’s are peaking, nice to see so may around. This one on a Milk Weed plant.
The population was looking a bit grim several years ago.