Monarch Mating Madness

As we were leaving the park the other night, a friend noticed a group of monarch butterflies roosting on a goldenrod stalk, in what appears to be a mating situation.

Two monarchs are mating back to back, two others are waiting nearby.

I took photos with telephoto lens so as not to disturb them. To see this magnificent but threatened species reproducing at Mary Cummings Park is a positive sign.