Sunday, September 17, 2017

Butterfly Garden Flowers

I looked out yesterday to see another freshly emerged Monarch drying it's wings. I dashed inside and got my camera only to see it heading South. Instead I took some photos of some of the flowers.

Ironweed and Hoverfly

I can't remember the name of this one, it's Mist something. The bee's love it.


Friday, September 15, 2017

A new Monarch

Popped out to check on my Monarch Cocoons and one had emerged and flown off but this one was just drying his wings. You just have to be there at just the right time.

Monarch drying his wings

You can see another cocoon in the background.

Monarch drying his wings

Male Monarch, you can tell by the two little dark spots on th wings.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Middle of September already!

Doesn't time fly. Been real busy lately and not had much time to take many photo's. Heres a few from this afternoon of ........ wait for it ........yes you're right!    Butterflies.



Painted Lady

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Monarch Caterpillars

The Monarch butterflies have been busy procreating. My milkweeds are being devoured by hordes (20+) Monarch Caterpillars. Thats what I planted them for.

Monarch Caterpillar

Monarch Caterpillar

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Invitation Accepted

After yesterdays invitation to any passing Monarch to come and sample the delights of my butterfly garden several accepted and were taking a liking to my Swamp Milkweeds.



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Butterfly Garden Success!

I have my first caterpillar in my butterfly garden. It's a Black Swallowtail, the first of many I hope.
For all you Monarchs out there I have some juicy Butterfly Milkweed just for you. Come and get it, dinner is served.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

Butterfly Milkweed

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pandora Sphinx

I planted a load of flowers for the butterflies and the food plants including several types of Milkweed, Fennel and Parsley for them to lay their and provide food for the caterpillars. Although I've seen several Monarchs, and lots of Swallowtail varieties I've not had the opportunity to actually photograph any. That changed yesterday with the discovery of not a butterfly but a moth. It's a Pandora Sphinx moth, I managed to get several pictures on a Hosta leaf.

Pandora Sphinx

Eumorpha pandorus