They are so much fun to watch and try to identify. Thanks to the internet I've been working on my ID skills so I can share my itinerate visitors from the last few weeks.
Monarch left and Gulf Fritillary on the right.
We had up to five of the increasingly rare Monarchs in the garden at one time. There were a few newly hatched Monarchs right before a big freeze just before Thanksgiving so I hope they made it to warmer territory.
A pair of Queens
Three of a kind
Fritillary, possibly a Variegated Fritillary
Sulphur butterflies. I think these are Cloudless sulphurs. Thanks to Michael of Plano Prairie Garden they have been identified as Southern Dogface Sulphurs. The migration of Sulphur butterflies can bring huge numbers through our region in just a short time. They seem to follow I-35 a few miles to the east so we don't get the masses experienced in some parts of town.
Bordered Patch was probably the rarest one this year.
Beautiful butterflies for what has been a beautiful autumn season. We'll see them again as they head north next spring. Hope they stay a while next year too.