The beauty of digital photography. If at first you don't succeed, try try again.
That's awesome. I have so many shots from butterfly pavilions of closed-winged butterflies.
I think that's a Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) or something similar, but not a Monarch.
Reed, are you a butterfly geek? Fess up.
The only reason I figured it was a Monarch was that it was a butterfly in Colorado, so you are probably correct, Reed! Are Monarchs bigger?
I don't know much about butterflies, but I looked it up. Whenever I see a creature I can't identify, I try to look it up. I just feel like I have to know.
I looked it up under "butterflies in Illinois" because I thought that's where this was. I may be wrong. I'll look under Colorado.
Monarches are orange and black but a different pattern.
That's pretty cool, Reed. I'm sort of that way with words. Butterflies...I usually just say, "ohh, that's a pretty one."
...yet I have no idea what that flower is.