Here is the most common butterfly in our yard, the cabbage white. So far, I have seen lots of honey bees, but few butterflies. However, there are slews of oak moths fluttering around this area. The moth explosion, triggered by people opting against spraying their oaks, has allowed the bee population to flourish since the insecticide used is harmful to bees. We don’t spray. Life goes on.
A cabbage white butterfly fluttered around our yard yesterday–only the second I’ve seen this year. I practice shooting them in sports mode with a 55mm lens. The photo below is of a worn out cabbage white and a nasturtium at the end of last year–taken with a telephoto lens.
With so many monarchs in the backyard, I went three miles to Point Lobos in search of more. Zilch. Did find a cabbage white, pictured here, a painted lady as well as harbor seals and lizards, but no monarchs. Not complaining. Point Lobos is a special place, notwithstanding the poison oak.