Butterflies in the Apple Tree

I saw some butterflies in the apple tree tonight.

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These monarchs were trying to find a roost for the night.  As it was not yet dark, they were still quite easily spooked and flew off shortly after I photographed them.

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The similar-looking viceroy was there for another reason altogether.  It had located a rotten apple and was drinking the fermented juices.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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