This male monarch pupated beneath the lip of a large pot containing a rose plant.
He is number two of our emerged monarchs and eclosed a couple of days ago.
You can see his empty chrysalis shell in the background.
After he dried his wings it was time to find a good place to perch to absorb the warmth of the afternoon sun.
A closer look at his head.
He climbed up into the pot where the rose plant is growing.
Nasturtiums are growing in the same pot.
He decided that perching on a dried nasturtium vine was the perfect spot to absorb the heat of the sun.
And suddenly he was on a stake supporting the plant, gradually climbing to the top.
Before I could take a photo of him flexing his wings for one last time, he flew up in the air, and was gone.