Monarchs and other insects late in October

On the last Saturday of October, it still did not feel like fall. Only the honey locusts were dropping their golden leaves, and it was so warm that working in the garden in a T-shirt felt just right.

Insects were out and about.

A hover fly, masquerading as honey bee.

A queen bumble bee (or so I think) looking for a place to spend the winter.

The milkweed bugs moved to the salvia in large groups. I wish I knew why.

Most notably, we are still visited by many monarch butterflies, who refuel on the nectar of milkweed, zinnias and sunflowers.

Overnight, a storm moved in and it is now windy and wet. The garden needs the rain. I hope that the butterflies found good shelter until the storm is over and they can continue their journey south.