The monarch is principally an American butterfly but it has
over the world. It now breeds in several places in southern Spain and
can be seen almost
anywhere in the Mediterranean. It is the only butterfly I have seen in
three different continents : North America, Africa and Europe.
The last pictures above were taken in the Trafalgar cemetery in
Gibraltar, in 1999. The same year I saw them in much greater numbers on
a day-trip to
Tangiers but it was impossible to take photos because of the hawkers
wouldn't leave me alone! When I slipped through a hotel onto a private
beach I was more at peace, but there the butterflies found nothing to
nectar on and never stopped. The first pictures were at a site in
Málaga that I have visited often before without seeing them.