I finally had my macro lens with me and on my camera at the right time. I was taking photos of a tiny portulaca in my mother in law's garden...
|kim klassen's broken book texture at soft light 100% (masked off flower and butterfly)|
At first I thought they were monarchs, but after doing a little research I discovered their name to be gulf fritillary or agraulis vanillae. Apparently there are a lot of orange butterflies that get mistaken for monarchs.
The underside of their wings looks quite different from the upper side.
Oh, and the reason I was doing the research in the first place was to find out what the butterflies were doing so intently with the flowers. Turns out they don't do any pollinating. They leave that totally up to the bees. The nectar from the flowers is their food, so they were just eating their lunch (and looking pretty).