These butterflies have been so scarce again this year. As the paper wasp population has increased dramatically in recent years, these beauties are sadly, in steady decline. These horrible wasps feed on live prey and monarch butterflies are a target for their diet.
I was thrilled to see this one fluttering around my garden this morning, even if only for a brief visit.
Thank you for the comments, stars and hearts for yesterday’s abstract of wrapping paper and gift ties. I hope you enjoyed listening to Te Harinui, New Zealand’s very own Christmas carol.