I'd kept him indoors over night because our weather was too wet and windy to set it on its way yesterday. Sun came out this morning, so I took him outside to warm his wings in the sun (they can't fly unless the fluid in their wings is warm).
Before he went I took some photos. He was just beautiful and perfect. He will now over-winter in a nearby park in tall trees, with a cluster of other Monarch Butterflies.
Our New Zealand Monarchs don't migrate anywhere, rather they just form into clusters in tall trees and wait for Spring.
Click on each picture below, to see a larger view.................