The life of most Monarch Butterflies is only a few weeks.
During the summer breeding season they live two to six weeks.
But the Monarchs that migrate to Mexico in the fall are different.
They are born in late summer,
stay alive all winter in Mexico and migrate north the following spring.
This Monarch looks like it has been alive for a while.
Torn and tethered, is it possible this Monarch migrated to Mexico,
has returned and is still alive?
It preferred the butterfly bush but also spent a bit of time on the hydrangea!