Lingering Monarch

Lingering Monarch (4″ x 4″ oil on raised panel)

Continuing with the theme of small creatures for these mini paintings with a monarch butterfly. I feel quite sad and nostalgic for these beauties. When I was a kid, they were all around but I hardly see them anymore. I have read this year that monarchs may be making a bit of a comeback though – so yay!

image (C) 2021 Hilary Farmer

10 thoughts on “Lingering Monarch

  1. Great painting. Here in my little paradise I see loads of monarchs…because they love me. Why? Because I am their source of milkweed, which is their cocaine. Monarch caterpillars lovvvvvve milkweed leaves too, so planting some guarantees the monarchs lay eggs and their babies will be well fed. Trust me, you will be ducking and weaving through a fluttering orange cloud all the time…

    1. I’m not sure I have seen milkweed out on the west coast although I have seen a few monarchs – not as many as back in Ontario though where there is lots of milkweed. I seem to recall that they like their caterpillars to hatch on milkweed because they eat the leaves at that stage.
      Slowly establishing a garden here and for sure planting flowers that are bird and butterfly friendly!

  2. The monarchs will attract their predators, which will attract the things that predate on them, and so on. All that predation and life means bird poop, carrying seeds, and suddenly your garden is a little Eden for birds, bugs, rabbits, deer, and so on, i.e. lots of things to paint and lots of things to enjoy watching. You are going to lose a lot of it to the rabbits, but they are so darn cute sitting there nibbling you stuff, might as well accept and prepare for it with a camera and paintbrush…

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