I've been busy lately, and the butterflies really haven't returned here in my garden yet - but I do have some frames from years past.
I have really noticed a decrease in the number of butterfies we get here in west central Indiana - a decade ago we would have dozens of butterflies in our garden almost every day, with lots of monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and tons of sulphers. Now we tend to see them singly or in occaisional pairs. We do not use any insecticides in our yards and never have, so I am not sure why the apparent decline, but it is real.
I love butterfles, and I think many of them live very hard, short lives like this Tiger Swallowtail from August 2016
Monarchs used to be quite common, but have become rather rare in our yard the last few years or so
I can still count on painted ladies showing up every summer
And occaisionally, a frittilary will grace our garden or our unencouraged thistles
Butterflies are tiny bundles of beauty that show up every summer hopefully,