This Monarch butterfly prospected the garden in the early morning before settling for a while on this, yet to flower, golden rod stem. There are plenty of milkweed plants nearby so hopefully eggs, caterpillars and then more butterflies.
There have been quite a few of these around this summer – mostly on our parsley plants but also a few like this on the wild carrot (Daucus carota) that has established itself happily in the unmown areas of our ex-lawn.
I find the contrast of the rather formal striped coat on the caterpillar with the tight, random whorls of the “flower becoming a seed capsule” of the plant rather appealing. Coordinated colours too.