We are still having Monarchs daily, visiting our coastal NC area. Friday & today I noticed a female Monarch that has been flying around with a beautiful Palamedes ST, they soar together, then nectar close to each other. Is my first time seeing 2 different species continuing to 'act like good friends'; has been a joy to watch, & was thrilled to see them return together 2 days later. Noted some 'specific id-ing spots' on each after they had hung aound together the 1st day. Am seeing more species this year than in the 10+ years of being more observant of such visitors. Haven't been able to get an accurate count, but they are here all day long.
Found a Monarch safely 'roosting', (probably not the right term), but she was 'hunkered down for the night' on a long, hanging down stem from parsley seedheads that was tucked safely underneath a huge Japanese Lotus leaf one of my water gardens on my deck. She was there for 2 nights in a row, flying around oviposting & nectaring during the day, then she was back in the same spot that next evening, (being tonight, will be interested to see if she is still around in the AM.) Our weather has been beautiful for several days, in the 70's & 80's & a gentle breeze. They truly look like flying flowers.
Have also been surprised to see the Monarchs out 'n about at 7:30 AM. Last season they were showing up here much later in the morning. Has been a great season so far. My rearing containers, enclosures & pavilions are starting to fill up; (also raising BST's in another area of my solarium;) getting ready to bring out the back-ups. Have been fortunate to find both species as eggs or 1st instars, so am hoping for good health for them. God bless our Monarchs!