The Monarch was first recorded on Australia in 1871 and it not clear if it was introduced on fodder or if it was a self introduction. Either way they are the same species as the famous American migrant butterfly. In Australia the butterflies that live in the middle of the country migrate towards the coast in the winter, but they are never present in the numbers found in the American wintering sites.
I'd never seen this species before, so this was Butterfly lifer!
You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday.
Enjoy the close-ups.