Driving along the coast between Gulf Shores and Pensacola we noticed hundreds of monarch butterflies darting here and there. I didn't get any photos but decided to post previous photos of mine for this post for Barbara who loves monarch butterflies. The speed limit along that part of the coast is 45 mph. Driving less than 45 mph allows the butterflies to waft up and around an auto when encountering the buffer air around a car. I am not sure that is the reason for that speed limit but it's a great benefit to the butterflies. At higher speeds they'd go splat on the windshield or in the grill of auto.
Here is the caterpillar of the monarch butterfly.
Here is the chrysalis of the monarch. If you see these leave them alone they will turn into a beautiful monarch butterfly.
Now all the news articles say there aren't any no-see-ums here in this area. Gary and I know that's not true. There are an abundance of them and we have been eaten alive. No-see-ums are sand flies or biting midges and they are worse than mosquitoes. The illustration above shows what they look like but they are much smaller in real life almost invisible, hence the term no-see-ums. Reading up on them I found out they can get through a normal sized screen; a screen needs to be much finer to screen them out.