We were in the perennial beds of the National Butterfly Center near the border wall. It was seriously hot: Mexican border hot, there in Mission, Texas.
The female Monarch butterfly flew in to Asclepias (milkweed). She was the largest Monarch I’ve ever seen. Make that the largest of what, 8,000 monarchs? Before I could make my patented approach, Whamo! this brute of a male Monarch landed on that same Asclepias. They communicated briefly, and then as fast as you can say ‘Howdy Doody’ they were coupled together in this embrace.
He is closest to you, she can be seen below him. Both were very, very large Monarchs. The Land of the Monarch giants!!