I went out in the field behind the office to check on the growth of milkweed plants. To my surprise, a Monarch Butterfly (Danaus Plexippus) popped up from behind a clump of grapevines. I ran across the field to follow it. When it finally landed on a Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), I could see that it was a female. Of course, I was violating the First Rule of Photography (TAKE YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU.) so I didn't get any pictures of her.
After she took off, I saw that she had laid two eggs on the plant. After getting my camera, I photographed them and then found a third egg in the area where I originally spotted the Monarch.
|A pair of Monarch eggs on a Common Milkweed plant (26 May 2016)|