This monarch was on the pavement at the hotel next to the Monarch Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, CA. I had recently rained, causing the pavement to look almost blue in color. Many of the monarchs have been spotted not he ground after the winds and rains that we have had the last month or so. Usually, the monarchs will flutter their wings in an effort to warm up enough to get back into the air. This female was actually flopping like a fish out of water in her attempts to get in the air. I got these shots because her abdomen was staying above her winds as she was pushing off the ground to get into the air. Monarchs do this same kinds of motions when they were in the air.
Such beauty and just wanted to savor it and allow my readers to do so also. She did eventually get in the air but she sure did use up a lot of energy doing it. And I am sure this is a female because of the thicker interior black lines, called veining. It is not the monarch's blood veins, although they do have those. The veining are like the wood or plastic pieces that you put in a kite to give it rigidity so that the canvas, the orange parts of the monarch, can fly. The angle of the pictures do not show it but you can sometimes even see how the veining is raised higher that the orange part of the wing.