The following pictures were taken through a window. Thus, please pardon all the blurriness. I didn't dare open the window in case it flies away. This is a praying mantis on my garden shade. Did you know that the green praying mantis that is so prevalent all across the USA is not a native insect. It was introduced to the USA in the late nineteenth century, and apparently was quite devastating for the native insect population. Though praying mantis is considered a beneficial insect in the garden but it can be also not quite that beneficial as it eats not only the bad insects but also the good ones.
While observing the mantis, I saw some red fluttering through the corner of my eyes. Is it a cardinal? No, it cannot be as it was a much graceful flight. As I rushed outside, I behold the sight.
YAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...after a much long wait, I finally see a Monarch in my garden :-D:-D:-D...this is indeed a very joyous day for me. Where did it come from? How did it find my garden? I live in a densely populated northern NJ, close to such metropolitan areas as Manhattan, Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hoboken, Bronx, Brooklyn. Yes, there are lots and lots of greeneries everywhere along with woods and forests but there are no milkweeds or butterfly-weeds anywhere as I visit all these places all the time. Garden centers, home-depot, lowes, walmarts -- no one even sells this plant as it is considered an obnoxious weed here. But, still this butterfly found my garden, and was fluttering from one flower to another, and drinking nectar. I hope it was able to nourish its body in its migration from north to south (it must be on its way to Mexico now?). So, I am on top of the moon now.
I am joing the Nature Note's Meme for Monday, October 5, 2015 with Rambling Woods