Monarch Butterfly in Alberta

Solitary – being alone; without others. As in, “I’m going out to the garden to do some weeding. Who wants to come out and help me?”

I only found one Monarch Butterfly in my garden this year, and it is the only Monarch I’ve ever seen in my part of the world.


Ideas don’t stay in some minds very long because they don’t like solitary confinement.
– Unknown –

The Flutter Files
Species: Danaus plexippus
Name: Monarch Butterfly
Migration: In Summer from as far north as Southern Canada to wintering grounds in Southern California or Mexico.
Date Seen: July 6, 2012
Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

To see other blogger’s photos for this week, head over to Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary.

36 thoughts on “Monarch Butterfly in Alberta

    1. Hopefully my monarch butterfly found other monarchs nearby.
      It must have been a good year for butterflies – we’ve seen large numbers of other types all summer.


        1. It helps to have a clover field across the road!
          The Car Guy’s bones are healing well, and he will be able to take the neck brace off soon. In 3 weeks all his other injuries will be reassessed and then we will know if and what steps he needs to take next. (He is looking forward to being able to get in his car and drive himself someplace! I don’t think any of us ever appreciate the simple things we take for granted until we can’t do them.)


  1. Maybe he was the scout to find a new location for next year… Great photo. I have watched the monarchs two different summers on Monhegan Island, ME and observed various stages of life. They absolutely mesmerize me!


  2. A great quote and a beautiful interpretation of the theme. I checked out the earlier post—the pics are wonderful. I love all your macro shots and these are some of your best 🙂


    1. It was a case of being in the right place at the right time with the right light and the right camera handy… and maybe even the right butterfly!


    1. The remarkable thing about this butterfly was how close I could get to it, and how long it stayed on each flower – made it easy to take lots of photographs.
      Thanks, Mark, for actually reading the little bits on my blog. I think many people just skim, or look at the pictures, but don’t spend much time reading.


  3. Beautiful image! And I had to laugh at your definition of solitary. Apparently that’s a common phenomenon. Nobody ever seems to want to join me when I go to the garden to weed, either. I wonder why… 😉


    1. I’ve asked the same question myself, Robin. So this year I just didn’t weed and the garden is a disaster zone. Even the deer didn’t bother to browse in there!


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